En Primeur Recommendations

What the Critics Say 

Updated 15th May 2021.


Jane Anson, Decanter.com

“I would say 2018 is the most exuberant, 2020 the most structured and concentrated, while 2019 combines both and, for me, is the strongest of the three – certainly the most consistent.”


"Alcohols in 2020 are almost invariably lower compared to both 2018 and 2019."


You can expect to find either racy, elegant tannins that power forward and give a sense of energy and direction, or tannins that are a little dry and sometimes underripe, particularly if the drought led to blockages."

 

"As clay-limestone soils did brilliantly, look for value in Castillon, Francs and Fronsac."

"If you are a fan of classic, concentrated Pauillacs and St-Juliens, you are going to find plenty of brilliant wines."

 



Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (Purple Pages)


"it’s clear that, on the basis of these cask samples anyway, some stunning wines have been produced in 2020. On the left bank, they tend to be made by producers who can afford to be extremely selective in their final blends. There is a host of very successful wines on the Merlot-dominated right bank too – not all of them likely to be ridiculously expensive, although no prices have yet been released. But the vintage is looking generally less consistent than 2019."   Jancis Robinson

 

 

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com


"I have rated more than 600 wines from the 2020 vintage in Bordeaux and I am impressed with the overall quality. I had heard before I started tasting barrel samples that the vintage was heterogenous, but 90% of the wines I have reviewed show an outstanding quality level from first growths to petit chateaux, even from simple appellations such as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superior.

 

"I can 100% confirm that it is another great year for Bordeaux. The 2020 vintage marks a rare trilogy of excellent vintages that produced wines at the same or very close quality level across the board from great named chateaux to lesser-known estates. 

 

"I am also starting to see a pattern in my tastings of 2020 barrel samples that the Medoc reds are closer in character to the 2019 vintage with more linear and finer tannins and precise and pure cabernet fruit character while the Right Bank, particularly Pomerol and St.Emilion, is more like 2018 with reds that have more flamboyant fruit and creamier and more densely ripe tannins."