Bordeaux 2020

Bordeaux 2020 – could it be three in a row? Heads down at the tasting bench and, lucky as we were to be sent the thick end of around 150 samples to taste at Wyle Cop last April (in addition to Zoom calls with producers), we got a very fair impression of the vintage tasting in Shrewsbury.

The Big Picture: It is very good. It is not as ‘homogenous’ as either 2018 or 2019 but there are some outstanding wines to be found. As has become much more noticeable in recent vintages, much of our critical comment comes on judging balance: tannin is more deftly handled these days so it is a question of how the fruit, the acidity, the concentration and the structure all hang together. Producers are making a much better fist of things than twenty years ago but, as in all comparative line-ups, there are wines that stand out, and those that hang back. It was a warm, challenging year for the growers and winemakers had to have a deft hand in avoiding over-extraction.

The Sub-regions: In general we found the Right Bank Saint-Emilions and particularly Pomerols have a more generous character, the fruit a little sweeter – clay soils perhaps giving the best results. Pessac-Léognan and Graves turned out some excellent results putting them higher on the chart than we perhaps expected. The Médoc was more uneven, but wines that we, and by extension you, have followed in recent times were invariably showing well. Saint-Estèphe was very good, Paulliac and Saint-Julien dependable or better, Margaux (such a diverse commune anyway) rather more variable. Some of the lesser properties and communes shone, some maybe were just ‘ok’. Very few were disappointing but at Tanners we are confident we can steer you in the best direction!

Pricing: While yields were fine on the Right Bank, the Left Bank had an overall lower production which has affected price and availability, particularly looking forward. The catastrophic frosts in 2021 have to be taken into account too. Ultimately, we feel the early releases were very reasonable and it was only in the last few weeks of June that price inflation struck. Please ring us if you want to discuss the value we perceive in these wines. 

Regarding the dry white and sweet wines, both of which we thought generally delicious, you will find short offers of both. Stylistically there is more variation so we have narrowed the choice down to the best and most characteristic wines of their ‘type’ across a range of prices.

In summary, 2020 has produced a range of very good to excellent wines, many of which are priced similarly to 2019 and which will reinforce your cellar for drinking short to mid-term drinking and longer if you wish. We certainly heartily recommend the wines we have chosen for you.

 

Bordeaux 2020 Reds En Primeur Offer and tasting notes >

Bordeaux 2020 Dry Whites En Primeur Offer and tasting notes >

Bordeaux 2020 Sweet Wines En Primeur Offer and tasting notes >

 

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Deeply coloured, and lovely cool, dense aromas of plum...

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A lovely nose of black cherry, with a touch of mint and softer...

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Fragrant coffee, dark fruits and dark flowers…

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Deep, fat and broad, there is dark black cherry and cassis fruit...

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Showing very well, with a well-defined nose, a super purity of floral dark...

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Ripe with an attractive soft palate, nice weight of black...

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Very ripe, showing plenty of plummy fruit on the nose...

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Notably lighter in colour, and a little cooler on...

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Attractive, fragrant, floral raspberry fruit, with a twist of nutmeg...

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Creamy, ripe nose, very mellow with a dark core and very ripe red notes...

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Cool, fresh, fragrant ripe, smoky New World berry aromas...

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Teyssier tends to reflect the attributes of the vintage...

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Fresh and fruity nose, youthful and purple with some red highlights...

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Juicy, creamy red and black fruit aromas, notes of...

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Espresso on the nose with a cool, crunchy dark fruit...

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Fragrant oak, good lift and a certain delicacy, this feels fine and compact...

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Expressive perfumed dark fruits and flowers and a touch of sweet new oak...

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Dense nose, meaty dark and juicy red fruits. Very juicy in the mouth...

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Easy-going, ripe blueberry, cassis and raspberry fruit...

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Ripe dark fruits, cherry and red highlights with...

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The nose showed great volume and breadth, notes of coffee and chunky...

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"The tannins make their presence felt from the first moments...

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Nice dark fruit on the nose, lightly spicy and subtly fragrant...

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Ripe, chunky, cherry-tinged dark fruits on the nose, showing a touch...

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"Another strong wine in the Calon-Ségur stable this year, showing...

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Attractive, feels very harmonious in the mouth, round supple...

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Angludet is a real Tanners favourite, we have followed...

 

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Spicy oak, liquorice and bloomy cassis - feels quite...

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A deep, cool, nose of fine dark fruits with a touch of graphite, gives an...

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Superb nose, lovely oak and a plump mix of fruit with density...

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Dense, gorgeous juicy blue/black aromas, leaf, and creamy...

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A cool, dark fruited nose, with an appealing floral quality...

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Quite open and fleshy with softly spicy red and jammy fruits...

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Damson on the nose. Lovely texture on the palate, though...

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Very ripe fat cassis and black raspberry, a little toast..

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Super nose - focused and very refined with excellent...

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"A ton of dark fruits on offer in the form of cassis, bilberry...

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Attractive, open quality showing an easy blue...

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Complex and wild on the nose, with good lift, featuring a...

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"Bright ruby colour with violet reflections. As with many second...

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Notably lighter and elegant style, but has some expression...

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Plush dark flowers on the nose, plump dark fruits...

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Classically curranty, intense nose and a deep colour...

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Redder quality to the nose, sandy and open feel. Fresh, on the lighter side...

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"Some rusticity on the nose with juicy strawberry touch and clove...

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Jean-Michel Laporte was very pleased with the Cabernet Sauvignon...

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Rich coffee oak on the nose, with smoky dark fruits and...

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Incredibly dark, and enveloping, with a super dark floral vein, boozy...

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Beautifully defined note, layered, aromas of ripe fat blackcurrant...

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A touch of the savoury on the nose, before becoming more floral...

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Red

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Generous on the nose, then crisp black and red fruit, very approachable...

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Expressive, floral, herby nose, with super lift and definition...

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Red

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"Dense, sweet red fruit with some robust savoury notes. This has...

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Red

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"Highly successful Pontet, one of the few Pauillacs that...

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"Bright and well-defined nose, with complex layered, notes of...

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A delicious, concentrated, very well-made wine with aromas and flavours...

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A dark focus and lovely perfume with blue touches, earthy spices...

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Great dense nose of fragrant and floral blue and black fruits...

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Gorgeous raspberry fruit leads a very fine, pretty, elegant nose of great...

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This has a beautifully nuanced yet deep flavour, showing the...

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Red

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"A serious wall of blueberry and blackberry compote, and a ton...

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Red

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Cool, fresh red plum fruits, a sense of ripeness emphasised...

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Red

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Expressive nose, spicy and floral with gorgeous raspberry fruit...

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Red

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"Sinewed muscle, nuanced aromatics, graphite, gunsmoke, fresh tobacco..

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Red

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Raspberry and black cherry fruit, herb and spice, there's a nice floral...

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Red

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Cool, dark and pure nose with a cassis edge and lovely understated leafy...

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Red

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Red

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"Austere on the opening beats, then a ton of enjoyable berry fruits. As it...

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Red

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Ripe nose of juicy black and red fruits, very attractive...

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£109.50

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Red

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A mix of ripe red and black fruits on the nose, showing good depth...

 

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£61.50

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Red

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Expressive and mellow, with a real breadth and ease....

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Red

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"Fragrant with fresh lilac and peonies on the aromatics, fairly high...

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£99.00

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Red

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Nicely defined strawberry and raspberry fruit, becoming a little...

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£114.00

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Red

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Ripe undulating, layered, dark and polished nose, with floral...

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£168.00

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Red

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Concentrated and intense, with great freshness and clarity, showing fine...

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£96.00

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Red

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Very attractive, elegant nose of red fruit, seasoned oak...

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£184.50

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White

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Attractive nose, showing a little spice, peach and honey, lemon citrus...

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Lovely aromatic nose with a ripe apple side, then some...

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£72.00

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Pronounced aromas, showing some oak and that typical...

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Fresh pools and a cool mineral frame, this shows some breadth...

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£108.00

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White

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Charming and fragrant with some poise, there is some...

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Broad, silky and undulating nose of citrus, grapefruit, pretty...

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Feels more elegant and restrained than most, notes of barley...

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Fragrant, fresh nose with excellent definition and prounounced rock...

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Botrytis and pâté on the nose, this has great depth but also...

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Dense nose, meaty dark and juicy red fruits. Very juicy in...

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Dense nose, meaty dark and juicy red fruits. Very juicy in the mouth...

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£96.00

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Red

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Dense nose, meaty dark and juicy red fruits. Very juicy...

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£120.00

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Red

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Prettiness and charm, there's a good dose of ripe blue...

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£129.00

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Red

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Prettiness and charm, there's a good dose of ripe blue...

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£145.50

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Red

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Prettiness and charm, there's a good dose of ripe blue...

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£156.00

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Showing very well, with a well-defined nose, a super purity...

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£135.00

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Red

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Showing very well, with a well-defined nose, a super purity of...

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£80.00

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Type

Red

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Very ripe fat cassis and black raspberry, a little toast...

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£171.00

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Red

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Showing very well, with a well-defined nose, a super purity of...

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£229.00

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