2020 Bordeaux En Primeur

Chateau in Bordeaux

This is Bordeaux En Primeur (Bordeaux Futures)

Historically, most Bordeaux wine producers, including all major châteaux, sold their wine “en primeur” or as “futures” (buying wine that is still in barrel). En primeur, which means “first” in French, is when châteaux present their wines and set prices. It takes place a few months after harvest while the wine remains in barrels. Critics and other industry insiders have given initial ratings, but these wines are still 2 to 3 years out from being released.  En primeur is typically only available to industry insiders. Wine Spectrum is pleased to bring you access to this opportunity. En primeur is currently scheduled for mid May to mid June 2021. We will be offering select Bordeaux for presale. Estimated time of arrival of all 2020 Bordeaux is Fall 2023, subject to final confirmation. Scroll down to see PRESALE wines. Availability is dynamic, please check back frequently to see new additions.

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur: What to Expect

The 2020 vintage has been deemed extraordinary by growers and the Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. The dry conditions and relatively steady temperatures will deliver “delicious and exciting” bottles to a thirsty public.

Wine critic James Suckling commented, “In general, the 2020 Bordeaux reds show plenty of fruit, but not too much, and the tannins are ripe and polished giving excellent length to the wines. I find the wines, so far, to be slightly less flamboyant than the 2018s and more along the lines of the 2019s that had fantastic freshness and linear phenolic character. “

According to The Drinks Business, “Quality is promising and we expect the vintage as a whole to be considered very good to excellent for Classified Growths and similar properties on the Right Bank. Given the very hot September weather, some heterogeneity in that latter category may arise from local terroir differences. The greatest variation is likely to come at the lower end of the spectrum, given the aspects of the vintage that required careful handling (including the thick skins on the grapes arising from the September weather)”. Source: thedrinksbusiness.com

This is Why It’s a Big Deal!

The opportunity to acquire Bordeaux Futures lies in the fact that Wine Spectrum can secure a supply of often hard-to-find wines, and buy them at a price that is generally lower than when the vintage is finally bottled, aged and released on the market. And while the wines age beautifully in France, their value usually increases and the product itself gets better and closer to the ideal drinking window!

2020 Bordeaux PRESALE

ETA Fall 2023—subject to final confirmation.

To Acquire, Please Contact:  wineteam@winespectrum.com or call 1-800-933-8466. We update this listing daily.

BORDEAUX PRESALE WINES PRICE

2020 Château Cheval Blanc Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Chateau Cheval Blanc 2020 perfectly reflects these extreme weather conditions through an intense and mature nose as well as a powerful and dense tannic structure. This great wine unlocks a rich aromatic palette which mixes with a delicate freshness and fragrances of black fruit, garrigue and pepper. Opulent and warm, the attack gives way to a powerful palate from which the fine and structured tannins provide an exceptional length and richness. Long-lasting, the mouth tightens towards a lingering and delicate finish.

$650

2020 Château Labégorce Margaux

JS 92-93 “A tight, compact Labégorce with blackcurrant, walnut and some graphite. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of tannins and fruit. Some lead pencil. Very structured for this estate.” James Suckling, May 2021

$39

2020 Château Larrivaux  Haut-Médoc

JS 91-92 “A firm, very refined red with some chocolate and dark fruit. Some wet earth, too. Medium body. Bright finish.” James Suckling, May 2021

$25

2020 Château Guiraud Sauternes 1er Cru Classé

JS 94-95 “Spicy and intense with dried-apple, peach and some stone character. It’s medium-bodied and sweet, yet fresh and vivid.” James Suckling, May 2021

$60

2020 Château Coutet Barsac 1er Cru Classé

Deep golden color luscious flavors of passionfruit pink grapefruit honey and ripe apricots. Full bodied with perfectly balanced acidity and long impressive finish.

$55

2020 Château Angélus Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

JS 98-99 “This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.” James Suckling, May 2021

$450

2020 Carillon de L’ Angélus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru     

JS 94-95 “This is very fine and racy with refined tannins that are long and really precise. It’s medium-bodied with a lovely, creamy texture. Really long and bright.” James Suckling, May 2021

$129

2020 Château Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classé de Graves

JS 93-94 “A velvety-textured red with lots of blackberry, black-olive, mushroom and walnut character. Full and dense, but fresh and vivid on the finish. Pretty layers of fruit and tannins.” James Suckling, May 2021

$45

2020 Château Carbonnieux Blanc, Grand Cru Classé de Graves

JS 93-94 “An excellent white Carbonnieux with sliced-lemon, lime and mineral character, as well as hints of citrus seeds. It’s medium-to full-bodied with lots of bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Minerally at the end.” James Suckling, May 2021

$45

2020 Château Lafon-Rochet  Saint-Estèphe 4ème Grand Cru Classé 

JS93-94 Blackberry and spice with firm, chewy tannins that show polish and focus. It’s medium-to full-bodied with excellent energy. Blackberry and blackcurrant character on the finish with a touch of cedar and spice.” James Suckling, May 2021

$52

2020 Château Suduiraut  Sauternes 1er Cru Classé  

JS97-98 A Sauternes with tart tartine, cooked apple and caramel. It’s full-bodied, juicy and sweet, yet there’s lots of caramel and spice, too, such as cloves. Comes across almost dry. But lots of sweetness. Pure semillon. Unique. Tiny production.” James Suckling, May 2021

$79

2020 Clos Haut-Peyraguey Sauternes 1er Cru Classé 

JS91-92 Attractive, extremely silky and fleshy with deep apricot and nectarine. Has plenty of bright fresh fruits, intense and powerful. A yield of 6hl/ha, 30% new oak. Owner Bernard Magrez.” Jane Anson, April 2021

$49

2020 Château Pavie Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé    

JS 99-100 “The aromas are already exceptional, showing crushed-stone, limestone and salt character to the dark fruit and bark. It’s full-bodied, yet agile. Floats on the palate, then kicks in with loads of ultra fine tannins. The intensity and verve of this wine promises true greatness.” James Suckling, May 2021

$420

2020 Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien 3ème Grand Cru Classé 

JS 93-94 “Very pretty blackberry and blueberry character with blackcurrants and mint. It’s medium-to full-bodied with linear, tight tannins that are polished and fine.” James Suckling, May 2021

$59

2020 Château Monbousquet Rouge  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 

$62

2020 Château Pavie Decesse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 

JS 96-97 “A tight, pinpointed Pavie Decesse with a medium to full body and racy tannins that are vertical and deep. Takes you down the palate. Chewy. Chalky tannins.” James Suckling, May 2021

$159

2020 Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien 4ème Grand Cru Classé 

JS 93-94 

DEC93 “Blueberry, blackberry, damson and hawthorn, this has juice and tannins with an elegance and really excellent St-Julien character; A lovely Branaire, well placed. Unfussy, this is still not overly exuberant but it has a real sense of sappiness, lift and sinew. 3% Cabernet Franc completes the blend.” Jane Anson, April 2021

$60

2020 Château Barde-Haut Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 

JS 94-95 

DEC94 “A good drop of damson and black cherry fruits right up front, and holds its line while the more austere tannins come in towards the finish. Expertly extracted, self-contained right now, firm fruits that don’t dip through the mid palate alongside a glossy wash of liquorice, black chocolate, sage and anis. This is clearly going to age well. 60% new oak for ageing. Owned by Hélène Garcin-Leveque, this is located right next to Troplong Mondot.” Jane Anson, April 2021

$44

2020 Château Olivier Grand Cru Classé de Graves 

JS 92-93 “Lots of blackberry, black-olive and blueberry aromas with some smoke. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and a lively finish. Polished young red.” James Suckling, May 2021

DEC 93

$39

2020 Château Olivier Blanc Grand Cru Classé de Graves 

JS 93-94 “A solid center palate of green apples and lemons with some stones. Full-bodied and layered with beautiful fruit and length. Tangy at the end.” James Suckling, May 2021

DEC93

$39

2020 Château Croizet-Bages Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé 

JS 93-94 “Very chewy and tannic, yet the tannins are refined and polished. Blackberry and blueberry character with a walnut undertone. Full and flavorful.” James Suckling, May 2021

DEC92

$45

2020 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis  

JS94-95 “A beautifully constructed young Bordeaux with blackberry, walnut, nutmeg, dried herb and bark. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish.” James Suckling, May 2021

$40

2020 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc 3ème Grand Cru Classé

JS93-94 A firm, polished red with tight, focused tannins that flow across the palate. It’s medium-to full-bodied with good length and a gorgeous finish. From organically grown grapes. 

DEC93 This comes in strong with both grip and attitude. Some austerity that shows through in the abundant tannic frame, but there is a juiciness that runs through the palate, a sense that it is light on its feet. Liquorice, black chocolate and a spiced tomato leaf adds layers, but things close down on the finish. This is certified organic and in biodynamic conversion. A yield of 30hl/ha.” Jane Anson, April 2021

$52

2020 Château Faugeres Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 

JS94-95 “A ripe, rich red that delivers loads of crushed-berry, chocolate and walnut character, as well as fine tannins through the center palate. Layered texture.” James Suckling, May 2021

$52

Château Boyd-Cantenac 2020, Margaux 3ème Grand Cru Classé

JS 93-94 “A tight young red with blackcurrant, mineral and crushed-stone character. Medium body. Firm and polished. Harmonious.” James Suckling, May 2021

$62

Château Tour Carnet 2020, Haut-Médoc 4ème Grand Cru Classé

JS 92-93 Blackberry, blackcurrant and some licorice aromas follow through to a medium body with a nice center palate and fine, focused tannins.

WA 91-93 “The 2020 la Tour Carnet sports a deep purple-black color and notes of crushed red and black currants, Morello cherries and fresh blackberries, plus hints of lavender, pencil lead and tobacco leaf with a touch of bay leaves. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a great intensity of crunchy black fruits with a lively backbone and fine-grained tannins, finishing with great length and a skip in its step. Nicely done!” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 2021

$45

Château Sociando-Mallet 2020, Haut-Médoc

JS 93-94 “Blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers on the nose and palate. Medium body, firm tannins and a long, fresh finish. Linear, refined tannins. Subtle now.” James Suckling, May 2021

 

$46

Château Fombrauge 2020, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 

JS 94-95 “This is really finely textured with beautiful tannins that run the length of the wine and go on and on. It’s full-bodied, yet refined and poised. Pretty finish. Best ever?” James Suckling, May 2021

JD 93-95 “The inky-hued 2020 Château Fombrauge is another wonderful Saint-Emilion that shines on all accounts. Possessing terrific purity in its cassis-styled fruits as well as notes of violets, chocolate, and chalky minerality, this puppy is medium to full-bodied, has a great mid-palate, background oak, and outstanding length. Tasted twice.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$42

Château Fonplégade 2020, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé  

WA 93-95  “Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Fonplegade offers up notes of chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and blackberry preserves, followed by hints of smoked meats, cinnamon toast and potpourri. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with juicy black fruits, supported by velvety tannins and well-balanced acidity, finishing long and fragrant.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 2021

JD 93-95 “Emerging from a great hillside terroir on the Côte Pavie, the 2020 Château Fonplégade should be up there with the top vintages from this estate. Lots of cassis, blackberries, and earthy, violet notes define the nose, and I love its purity, freshness, and precision. These traits all carry over to the palate as well, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with terrific tannins and a finish that keeps you coming back to the glass.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$55

Château d’Armailhac 2020, Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé

JS 93-94  A fresh, layered red with blackberry and chocolate. It’s full and beautiful. Cool finish. Soft tannins spread across the finish. Savory.

JD 92-94 “A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, hitting 13.2% alcohol, the 2020 Château D’Armailhac sports a vivid purple hue to go with beautiful cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with lots of chalky minerality, toasty oak, graphite, and tobacco. It has the round, supple style of the vintage yet still brings ample tannic grip, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done and should be drinkable with just 2-4 years of bottle age yet age just fine.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$65

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2020, Saint-Julien

JS 92-93 “A firm, silky red with blackcurrants and spices. Medium-bodied and creamy. Pretty finish. Beautiful for a second wine.” James Suckling, May 2021

$35

Château Lagrange 2020, Saint-Julien 3ème Grand Cru Classé   

WA94-96 “Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Lagrange leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of redcurrant jelly, ripe blackcurrants and minted blackberries, followed by nuances of dark chocolate, star anise and mossy tree bark. The medium-bodied palate is both super intense and super elegant, featuring exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness to frame the bright, crunchy black and red fruits, finishing long and mineral laced.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 2021

JD94-96 “A wine that excels in the appellation, the 2020 Château Lagrange has a slightly modern vibe, with plenty of oak, yet still brings classic Bordeaux tobacco, lead pencil, and earthy minerality as well as pure cassis fruits. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and just about seamless, it’s going to require 5-6 years of bottle age but should cruise for 20-25 years in cold cellars.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$69

Château Beychevelle 2020, Saint-Julien 4èmeGrand Cru Classé   

JD 95-97 “Based on 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the Grand Vin 2020 Château Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right, offering a monster bouquet of black and blue fruits as well as candied violets, incense, flowers, and toasty oak. A ripe, full-bodied, incredibly sexy wine in every sense, it has a great mid-palate, ripe, velvety tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s one of the more up-front, exotic wines in the vintage and should be accessible with just short-term cellaring.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

WA 94-96 Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Beychevelle offers up vibrant notes of black raspberries, fresh black cherries and cassis, plus hints of wild sage, chocolate mint, rose hip tea and fallen leaves, with an exotic hint of Indian spices. The medium to full-bodied palate offers layers of crunchy black fruits with a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

JS 94-95 Sweet-berry and tobacco character with blackberries and violets. It’s full-bodied with firm, polished tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine at the end.

$110

Château Canon La Gaffelière 2020, Saint-Emilion 1erGrand Cru Classé   

JD 95-97 “Lots of blue fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and earthy goodness emerge from the 2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere, a medium to full-bodied, dense, focused, elegant Saint-Emilion that needs plenty of air to show at its best. The purity of fruit is remarkable, and while it starts out tight and focused, it blossoms with air, showing a more expansive, layered, rich yet still fresh texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a thrilling Saint-Emilion readers should snatch up.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

JS 95-96 “Very refined and polished with minerally, almost salty character. Full body and beautiful, compact tannins. Racy finish. Excellent drive to this at the end.” James Suckling, May 2021

$105

Clos de L’Oratoire 2020, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru    

JS 94-95 A rather mineral and spicy red with medium to full body, showing blackberries and black walnuts. There’s a deep, polished tannin backbone to this. Racy and fine.

JD 93-95 “This wine seems to always deliver, and I loved the 2020 Clos De L’Oratoire. Lots of black cherries, subtle cassis, notes of lead pencil and violets, medium to full-bodied richness, and a balanced, elegant texture all make for a beautiful Saint-Emilion. It picks up more minerality with time in the glass, and its purity of fruit is top-notch. It will keep for at least two decades.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$49

La Mondotte 2020, Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé  

JS 97-98 This is really spicy and flavorful with a solid core of fruit and chewy tannins that are polished and very long, providing this wine with super structure and tension. 

JD 96-98 “A true blockbuster in the vintage is the 2020 La Mondotte, which comes from a tiny 12-acre parcel of limestone soils located near Troplong Mondot, Pavie, and Larcis Ducasse, on the upper limestone plateau. Emerging from the talented team of Stephan von Neipperg and brought up in new barrels, it has a wonderfully pure, clean, medium to full-bodied style offering integrated oak, a straight, focused texture, and incredible purity in its darker berry fruits as well as notes of gravelly earth and liquid violets. It’s common for the wines from the upper plateau to show more perfumed ethereal aromatics (as opposed to more richness from wines on the hillside), and this is incredibly perfumed, elegant, and aromatic while still offering density, structure, and length. It’s going to take 7-8 years to hit maturity, but it should see its 30th birthday in fine form.” Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

$235

Please note: these prices do not include any customs tariff costs, and may be subject to these at the time of importation.

To Acquire, Please Contact:  wineteam@winespectrum.com or call 1-800-933-8466 

 

 

 

 

 

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