Antonio Galloni – top Bordeaux 2020 En Primeurs  are “unquestionably dazzling”

Antonio Galloni, founder of, formerly a key member of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate team, is the last of the key critics to provide an independent, qualitative guide for fine wine investors, on the new Bordeaux vintage and we look at his critical opinion on the  top performers.

Galloni’s overall view: “The most important signature of 2020 is a balance of richness and energy that is highly unusual… Some selection is necessary, but the most successful wines are unquestionably dazzling.”

 Antonio Galloni’s Top Bordeaux 2020 En Primeurs:

2020 Wine AOC AG Score Antonio Galloni – highlights

(Top scored en primeur wines)

Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 97-99 “A towering achievement…as well as one of the truly epic 2020s”
Margaux Margaux 97-99 One of the three most monumental wines of the year
Pavie St Emilion 97-99 “The 2020 Pavie is very clearly one of the wines of the year… Magnificent.”
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 96-98 “The 2020 Mouton Rothschild is sensual, delicate and polished”
Angelus St Emilion 96-98 “… an added level of finesse’
Leoville Las Cases St Julien 96-98 “a classic, classic wine”
Pichon Baron Pauillac 96-98 “The 2020 is an especially soaring, pure Pauillac that impressed me deeply.”
La Mission Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 96-98 “La Mission is not far behind [Haut Brion] …
Clos Fourtet St Emilion 96-98 The 2020 is another towering achievement… a truly special and moving wine”
L’Eglise-Clinet Pomerol 96-98 “Eglise Clinet is a towering wine”
Trotanoy Pomerol 96-98 “Trotanoy is simply magnificent in 2020” …”has all the potential to be one of the wines of the vintage when bottled”


 Antonio Galloni’s report on the Bordeaux 2020 En Primeurs follows fellow critic Neal Martin, both published on Vinous this week. Galloni, like Martin, acknowledges the impressive ageing potential of the top 2020 wines and comments that “These may very well be wines that truly blossom with many years in bottle.” He endorses the general view that 2020 forms the third in a trilogy of strong vintages but that there isn’t the consistency across the region’s wines this year and we agree that investors need to select carefully.

On the Left Bank Galloni points to lower than usual alcohol levels creating “wines like Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux, Pichon Comtesse and Leoville Las Cases, all of which are classic in feel, with low alcohol levels and a construction that is more about linearity and persistence rather than volume.”

He acknowledges the favourable conditions of Pessac Leognan and the great estates such as Haut Brion taking full advantage of optimum rainfall at the right time.Chateau Pavie

Observing the Right Bank he states that “many estates on the famed limestone / plateau [of St Emilion] did exceptionally well. In fact, these are some of the most exciting wines of the vintage… I am thinking about wines like Pavie, Clos Fourtet, Canon among others.”

Galloni, like all of the critics reliant on the chateaux shipping samples has yet to taste Le Pin, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Petrus and a few key others and we expect some superb results in these.

Only a few of the key Chateaux relevant for wine investors have released their 2020 vintage so far. This includes St Emilion’s, Angelus, Cheval Blanc and Pavie – of which Pavie is highlighted by Galloni as one of the top 3 wines of the vintage, alongside First Growths Haut Brion and Margaux, all equally scored 97-99 points. Further more he states that “The 2020 may well turn out to be one of the greatest wines Gerard Perse has ever made. I can seldom recall a Pavie with so much life, so much vibrancy.”

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