St Emilion’s Angelus, Cheval Blanc and Pavie have released their 2020 vintage En Primeurs to the market – and the race is on! Three of the four top wines of St Emilion announced their release prices to the global wine trade today and allocations are now being secured.
Of the top wine critics, Jancis Robinson has already observed that this is a vintage that favours the Right Bank. James Suckling has published his ratings on the Bordeaux 2020 en primeurs, however Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni are yet to disclose their quality scores.
Chateau Cheval Blanc was the first of the ‘Big 9’ investment wines to release on the 11th May, Angelus and Pavie have released today and trade allocations are moving quickly, however it’s still early in the campaign. Chateau Ausone is the remaining fourth St Emilion Grand Cru Classe A estate still to release. Pomerol’s key estates and the First Growths have not put their ‘heads above the parapet’ yet.
Gerard Perse’s collection of superb vineyards headed by Chateau Pavie, which include Pavie Decesse, Monbousquet and Bellevue Mondotte – all released on the 18th May. There are great expectations for Pavie and the evolution of the Grand Vin over recent vintages is sure to make the 2020 vintage of key interest for wine investors. James Suckling commented that “Pavie 2020 promises true greatness”, rating it 99 – 100 points and that “the evolving style of Pavie will mean this [vintage] will be of keen interest.”
Chateau Angelus 2020 was also released on the 18th May, and has attracted strong critical reviews so far, Jancis Robinson attributing it 18/20 and James Suckling 98-99 / 100. Decanter’s Bordeaux expert, Jane Anson has described it as a “sleek, poised, confidently-constructed Angelus.”
St Julien’s Chateau Leoville Barton is one of the first Left Bank producers to release its 2020 vintage today and reputedly at 25% lower supply to the market, this reflecting the lower production levels in that year, we can expect this to be a common factor, particularly on the Left Bank. Jancis Robinson has scored it 18 points and Suckling, referring to the wine as “excellent as expected” awarded 96 – 97/ 100.
Cos d’Estournel has announced that its 2020 vintage will eventually be available in a commemorative bottle to recognise the 20-year anniversary of the great Left Bank Second Growth estate’s ownership by Michel Reybier. The 2020 bottle will have a unique black and gold design which will feature the Chateau’s distinctive architecture. Cos d’Estournel 2020 is yet to be released and Suckling has scored it 97 – 98 – so one to look out for.
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