Bordeaux is well on the way to do a hattrick! 2020 is close to an exceptional vintage!

2020 Bordeaux from barrel

I didn't travel to Bordeaux in the late autumn of 2020 and oversee the harvest. It was for well-known reasons - coronavirus and travel restrictions.

So the description of the 2020 vintage here is based on the information kindly provided by Bordeaux chateaux. 

 

Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

 D'Arce - 90% Merlot + 10% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% alcohol.

Haut Medoc

Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet - 87% Merlot + 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sociando Mallet - 53% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot.

Margaux

Margaux -  89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, 14% alcohol. Represents 36% of the harvest.

Pavillon Rouge - 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, 13.6% alcohol. Represents 31% of the harvest.

Rauzan Segla - 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% alcohol.

Ségla - 55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, 13.5% alcohol.

Pauillac

Les Griffons - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot+ 8% Petit Verdot.

Pibran - 55% Merlot + 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Pichon Baron - 76% Cabernet Sauvignon + 24% Merlot.

Les Tourelles de Longueville -  64% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc.

Pomerol

Clos L'Eglise - 80% Merlot + 20% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% acohol.

Saint-Emilion

Barde Haut - 80% Merlot + 20% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% alcohol.

Berliquet - 69% Merlot + 31% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% alcohol.

Canon - 68% Merlot + 32% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% alcohol.

Croix Cardinale - 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, 14% alcohol.

Croix de Canon - 65% Merlot + 35% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% alcohol.

Croix de Labrie - 92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% alcohol.

Fleur Cardinale - 77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 14.5% alcohol.

Poesia - 70% Merlot + 30% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% alcohol.

 

Latest news

2020 vintage in Bordeaux is said to follow the trend of excellent vintages as f.i. 2016 and 2018/9. Because of coronavirus, I did not travel to Bordeaux for primeurs tastings. Instead, I'm getting barrel samples sent to my home in Copenhagen. I expect to taste between 400-500 barrel samples. NB - report with TNs and ratings will first be available in "2020 FROM BARREL" ("VINTAGES") chapter at the beginning of June/mid-June.

full report on the 2018 vintage is now available on my website (April 2021). Close to 500 tasted wines. Check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "2019" in the "Vintages" chapter. I received 325 samples from classified/non-classified properties, which I tasted during the summer of 2020.

A new feature is the Burgundy blog in the News chapter, which includes impressions from tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018.

In addition to my website, I also post tasting notes to a well-driven and hugely- scaled website, www.tastingbook.com, where I've 7.750+ followers and 2.350+ TNs by primo April 2021.