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Bordeaux 2020 - En Primeur

En-Primeur is a method of purchasing wines early while the wine (a vintage) is still in the barrel. This offers the customer the opportunity to invest before the wine is bottled.


Payment is made at an early stage, a year or 18 months prior to the official release of a vintage. One of the potential advantages of buying wines "En-Primeur" is that the wines may be considerably cheaper during the en primeur period than they will be once bottled and released.


Wines are stored with the Château until released.


READ OUR 2020 EN PRIMEUR REVIEW

Rating: 96-97 Points James Suckling / Appellation: Pomerol / Background: Enclos Tourmaline is located on the highest point of the famous plateau of the smallest appellation of Bordeaux: Pomerol. The property was acquired by Peter Kwok and his son Howard in 2012. Enclos Tourmaline is produced in small quantities only during great vintages. The first vintage produced less than 1,000 bottles, and in 2013 no wines were made at all.

Wine Press

96-97 Points: James SUCKLING 

"A solid, tight red with blackberries, black olives and hints of brown sugar and walnuts. Full and tight with fine, persistent tannins. Tight and focused."

95-97 Points: Alexandre MA

95-97 Points: Jeff LEVE (The Wine Cellar Insider)

£104.00

Rating: 96-97 Points James Suckling / Appellation: Saint-Émilion / ClassificationGrand Cru Classé / Background: Château Bellefont Belcier is a Grand Cru Classé property that’s situated on Saint Émilion’s southern slopes, close to the prestigious vineyards of Châteaux Pavie, Larcis Ducasse and Tertre Roteboeuf. In this enviable position, Bellefont Belcier produces intense wines, with superb balance, depth and longevity.

Wine Press

96-97 Points: James SUCKLING 

"A very sophisticated, layered red with dark-plum, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full and flavorful with a cashmere-like texture. Flavorful at the end."

94-95 Points: Alexandre MA

94-96 Points: Jeff LEVE (The Wine Cellar Insider)

 

£36.00

Rating: 96 Points James Suckling / Appellation: Saint-Émilion Classification: Grand Cru / Background: Château Tour Saint Christophe is located in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes at the frontiers of Saint-Émilion. The vineyard is a unique feature in Saint-Emilion, as it is partly planted on narrow terraces where the vineyard is tended in tight rows. This cascading landscape unfolds on the hillside of Cassevert overlooking the Saint Laurent valley. Château Tour Saint Christophe was acquired by Peter Kwok and his daughter Karen in 2012.

Wine Press

95-96 Points: James SUCKLING 

"Full-bodied and creamy with lots of spice and walnut character. Lovely softness and purity. Black fruit at the end. Very fine tannins. Well-integrated."

94-96 Points: Alexandre MA

95-97 Points: Jeff LEVE (The Wine Cellar Insider)

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Rating: 94-95 Points James Suckling / Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru / Background: Château Haut-Brisson is located south of the appellation on the 3 villages of Saint-Émilion, Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens and Vignonet. The diversity of terroirs, combined with vines of an average age of 30 years, allows us to produce wines at optimum maturity that expresses the terroir.

Wine Press

94-95 Points: James SUCKLING 

"This is very linear and tight with beautifully crafted tannins that give a long, intense and energetic finish. The mid-palate is tight and poised."

92-94 Points: Alexandre MA

91-93 Points: Jeff LEVE (The Wine Cellar Insider)

£19.00

Rating 90-91 Points James Suckling Appellation: Haut-Médoc Classification: Cru Bourgeois Supérieur / Background: Dating back to the 19th Century, Château Lamothe Bergeron has undergone recent investment and re-structuring and in 2020, awarded the classification of Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, one of only 56 Chateaux in Bordeaux. Superb value for money, from a stellar vintage and Château on a meteoric rise.

Winemakers Tasting Note: The wines produced at Lamothe-Bergeron in 2020 are dominated by strong colours, an intense red with purple reflects of a high stability due to nice acidities. The nose opens up on intense aromas of dark cherries and wild blackberries. In mouth, tannins are round and velvety conferring complexity and harmony to this vintage making of 2020 a great year.

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A' / Background: In the last thirty years, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest has constantly challenged practices and techniques for the benefit of his land and the unique characteristics of the wines grown on it, enabling Château Angélus to be recognised as one of the foremost properties in its appellation area. This recognition has been documented in one classification after another, the last of which awarded Château Angélus the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé "A".

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A' / Background: Chateau Pavie, the largest St.Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe, is located on an old peach orchard, known as pavies. Vines have been cultivated at Pavie since the 4th century, making it one of the two oldest estates in St. Emilion. 
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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B' / Background: Château Canon is named after Jacques Kanon who originally purchased the estate in 1790. In 1996 it was purchased by famous fashion brand Chanel. Chanel is also the owner of Margaux Château Rauzan-Ségla that they purchased in 1994.

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B' / BackgroundTraditionally Ch. Larcis Ducasse, a St Emilion Grand Cru Classé, was regarded as a property with exceptional terrior but a constant underperformer. This has changed, mainly thanks to the talents of a new winemaking team headed up by Nicolas Thienpont (of Ch. Pavie Macquin repute) and Stephane Derenoncourt (the mercurial 'flying wine consultant') who have managed to unlock the potential of this sleeping giant.

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Appellation: Pessac-Léognon / Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Haut-Brion is one of just five Premier Grand Cru Classe wines from Bordeaux, and the only one produced in Pessac, just outside of the city of Bordeaux.

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Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Mouton Rothschild is the youngest of the Médoc first growths, having been promoted in 1973 after it was originally marked as a second growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification. Distinctly recognisable for its unique artist designed labels for each vintage, stretching back to 1945, Château Mouton Rothschild is undeniably the most famous of all Bordeaux wines.
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Appellation: Saint-Estèphe / Classification2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Cos d'Estournel is owned by the affluent and successful businessman, Michel Reybier and thanks to this ownership, the château possesses some of the best winemaking facilities in Bordeaux. Since 2000, the estate has gone from strength to strength, with Robert Parker awarding the 2009 vintage a perfect score of 100 Points, calling it ‘One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted.’ Situated at the south of Saint-Estèphe, the vineyards of Cos d'Estournel boarder those of Château Lafite. It is one of the ‘Super Seconds’, a category comprising few Second-Classed Growth Médoc estates which have managed to raise their standards to a sort of intermediary level between Second and First-Classed Growth.

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Rating 96-97 Points James Suckling Appellation: Saint-Julien Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Léoville Barton is the smallest portion of the great Léoville estate and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. There is no château and the wine is made at Langoa Barton. Léoville Barton's 48 hectares of vineyards are located in the east of the St-Julien wine appellation and lie on gravelly-clay soils. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 8%. The wine is matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months. Since Anthony Barton took over the reins from his Uncle Ronald in the mid 80s, quality has soared at Léoville Barton and the wine has gone from being a solid mid-league performing 2ème Cru Classé to one of the most exciting and scintillating wines in St. Julien.

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Appellation: Saint-Julien Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Léoville Poyferré was the Léoville that got left in the starting blocks in terms of reputation and in the quality of its wines. Léoville Poyferré has been owned by the Cuvelier family (who also own Château Le Crock) since 1921, yet it was not until the 1970s, when Didier Cuvelier took control at the château, that quality began to improve. In the last 20 years, Didier, with the assistance of Michel Rolland since 1995, has turned Léoville-Poyferré into one of St-Julien's finest estates.

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Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Chateau Pichon Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious 'Super Seconds'. The estate dates back to the 17th century, with its majestic chateau being added 200 years later. 1988 saw a complete restructuring of the vat house and winery, with the addition of state-of-the-art facilities. It is one of Bordeaux's most historic vineyards, having been given to Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville in 1694 as part of his wife Thérese's dowry. It remained in the family for generations, only being sold to the Bouteiller family in 1933, and passing to AXA Millésimes in 1987, who immediately set about modernising it.
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Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 2e Grand Cru Classé / Background: This second growth property gets its name from one of its earliest owners, Jacques de Pichon-Longueville, who obtained it in 1694 when he married its founder's daughter. It was originally joined with what is now another second growth property across the road, Pichon-Longueville (which used to be known as Pichon Baron), but when Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville died in 1850, he split the estate in two, dividing it equally between his two sons and three daughters.
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Appellation: Margaux / Classification3e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Although Château Cantenac-Brown has changed hands many times since it was built in 1806, winemaker Jose Sanfins has been a constant of the last decade. His respect for its historic land shines through in his wines, all grapes and hand-picked and sorted with a great degree of care. His wines are made with a real potential to age, making them a favourite among keen collectors.

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Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundThe wines from Chateau d’Issan have been receiving great reviews in the last decade; indicating the hard work to increase the quality has been paying off. Quality control is crucial when it comes to grape selection if the top quality is required; during a recent vintage only 57% of the grapes arriving at the cellar door were employed in the first wine. The estate is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, which approximates to the blend although depending on the year this could vary in either direction. At its best, d’Issan shows a wonderful explosion of strong, black fruit and creamy notes on the nose; whilst the palate is weighty, polished with some grip and crunchy tannins; intense and lengthy.

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Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Desmirail, included among the third growths in the 1855 classification, has an outstanding terroir bordering on the Route des Châteaux. The current owner and manager, Denis Lurton, took over from his father, Lucien, in 1992. He has invested in modernising the estate on a regular basis ever since. Château Desmirail produces smooth, elegant wines in the classic Margaux style.

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Appellation: Margaux / Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Giscours is one of the largest Margaux properties and now producing wine worthy of its 3ème Cru Classé status. It is located in the commune of Labarde and has over 80 hectares of vineyards. Giscours produces richly aromatic wines that are surprisingly powerful on the palate, displaying ripe, black fruit with hints of cedar and new oak.

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Appellation: Haut-Médoc Classification: 3e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau La Lagune is a 3éme Cru Classé property that produces some of the finest wines in the Haut-Médoc AC. La Lagune's history dates back to 1715 when its handsome château was constructed. The vineyards were first planted in 1724. La Lagune had hit hard times and fallen into disrepair when Georges Brunet bought it in 1954. He replanted the vineyards and totally renovated the chai. By the time he sold it to the Ayala Champagne firm in 1961, the property had been transformed.

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Appellation: Saint-Julien / Classification4e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Château Beychevelle is a large and striking property set in its own beautiful park that dominates the view as one drives north to Saint-Julien on the Route des Châteaux. Its label recalls the legend that all ships sailing past the estate were required to lower their sails (baisse voile) in homage to the resident Duc d'Epernon, who inherited the property through marriage, and who served as Grand Admiral of the King's navy under Henry III.

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Appellation: Haut-Médoc / Classification: 4e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau La Tour Carnet, a 4emé Cru Classé property has a long and illustrious history and its wines enjoyed a considerable reputation during the 19th century. La Tour Carnet had a chequered history in the first half of the last century and the wines were mediocre until 1972 when it was bought by Louis Lipschitz. He replanted much of the vineyards and made many long overdue changes to the vinification process. He died in 1979 and the property has since been run by his daughter Marie-Claire Pelegrin.

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Appellation: Saint-Julien Classification: 4e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundFounded in the 17th Century, this 4th Grand Cru Classé was broken up and scattered as a result of several inheritances. In 1982, through a combination of luck and persistence, Henri Martin managed to re-form the estate as it was known in 1855, the year of the famous classification. Since then, thanks to the owners’ commitment, Saint-Pierre has become universally known as a perfect representative of the Saint-Julien Grands Crus Classés.

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Rating 96-97 Points James Suckling Appellation:Pauillac / Classification: 5e Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate which has for many years been consistently outperforming its classification. Grand-Puy-Lacoste is located a couple of kilometres west of the town of Pauillac and is owned and run by François-Xavier Borie.

 

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Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 5e Grand Cru Classé / Background: Although there are records of the Bages territory as far back as the 16th century, the history of wine production in the area really began in the 18th century. From 1749 to 1824, the vineyard was owned by Thomas Lynch, the son of an Irishman from Galway who worked as a merchant in Bordeaux. Thomas Lynch managed the land wisely and produced high quality wines under the name of ''Cru de Lynch''. As part of the prestigious 1855 Classification, for the Exposition Universelle de Paris, his wine would soon be classified as one of the fifth growths.
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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru Classé / BackgroundChâteau Fleur Cardinale, a St-Emilion Grand Cru estate, has a long history, yet it was only after its purchase by Parisians Alain and Claude Asséo that it began estate bottling. Previously, virtually all the wine had been sold off in bulk to négociants. They replanted much of the vineyards, as well as totally renovating the winery and chai. They also engaged the services of the ubiquitous Michel Rolland.

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / ClassificationGrand Cru Classé / BackgroundThe Despagne family has been making wine in Saint-Emilion for seven generations. François Despagne took the reins in 1996, and his passion and intelligence have made his family property – a grand cru since the original classification in 1955 – one very much to follow. The estate is near Saint-Emilion’s border with Pomerol. There are 30 hectares of vines on a mix of clay and sandstone soils, but François painstakingly analysed the vineyards and has identified 53 individual plots. He now adapts his viticulture to suit the needs of each parcel. Vines range in age from 40 to 95 years. No herbicides are used, and cultivation is essentially organic.

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / Classification: Grand Cru / Background: The name of the illustrious Janoueix family, hailing from the rural French region of Correze, first became associated with Bordeaux wine in 1867, when Jean Janoueix entered the wine business. Jean Philippe Janoueix is the current owner of the domaine; he first started making wine in 1994 with the founding of Château de Chambrun on a small 1.7-hectare plot in Lalande de Pomerol. Quickly, Chambrun became the reference for quality in the appellation and a center of attention. This was to be the first in a long series of successes. Time, steady perseverance, and care have enabled Jean Philippe Janoueix to build up a fine portfolio of wine estates. The properties are spread carefully across Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Pomerol, Saint Georges Saint-Emilion, and Bordeaux Supérieur, offering rare diversity and quality Chateau La Confession, located in Saint-Emilion, had its first vintage in 2001.

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Appellation: Saint-Émilion / ClassificationGrand Cru / Background: Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf is a five and a half hectare estate which literally translates to 'the hill of the burping beef' referring to the oxen that used to work the steep hills on the edge of the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau. Owner François Mitjavile is the owner of produces just 2000 cases a year of this rich, concentrated, stylish wine which, in recent vintages has wooed many leading wine critics. 

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