Bordeaux En Primeur 2020

By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director

The 2020 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign went ahead remotely again this year, with many Châteaux kindly sending their wines to Dublin for us to taste. We have handpicked this focused selection, which we feel offers the best value, and hope there is something here to tempt you.

2020, “The Lockdown Vintage” started early for the vignerons as buds appeared in some communes in February and over the growing season this was followed by frost, rain, cool days and heat, in other words everything nature had to offer. A sunny dry September ensured that Merlot grapes ripened well, as did early Cabernet Sauvignon, yielding a small quantity of beautifully concentrated berries. Overall, the wines from the 2020 vintage have received very good reviews. Comparisons in growing conditions and wine concentration are being made to the excellent 2018 vintage and 2020 is considered the final wine in a trilogy of great vintages: 2018, 2019 and 2020.

 

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2020 offering presents the opportunity to purchase wine whilst it is still maturing in barrel at the Châteaux in France. There is a chance the value of these wines may increase in the future and purchasing at a fixed price now often represents the best value for these fine wines. The wines will arrive in Dublin in the spring of 2023, once they have finished ageing in the Bordeaux

 

How To Buy En Primeur In 4 Steps

  1. Select which En Primeur wine/wines you would like to order & pay for them today. Please note that this order can only contain wine from the En Primeur selection and may not include any other web products.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email and receipt for your order.

    Please disregard any reference to shipping/delivery in these automated emails. We will contact you as soon as your wines arrive in 2023.

  3. In the spring of 2023 you will be invoiced for the Excise Duty and VAT associated with your purchase.
  4. The 2020 wines will be bottled and released by the Châteaux in the spring of 2023 at which time we will ship the wines from France to your preferred location in Ireland. This shipping cost is included in the price paid today.

 

To shop our full En Primeur 2020 collection click here. If you need any advice please contact our Wine Team at enprimeur@obrienswine.ie

*Taxes will be charged at the rate set by revenue when the wines arrive in the country. For estimation purposes the current Excise Duty rates in Ireland is €3.19 per bottle (€19.14 per 6 bottle case) and 23% VAT

Château Phélan Ségur 2020

Saint-Estèphe

€225 per 6 bottle case

 

“The 2020 Château Phélan Ségur, which we were able to taste in Dublin, is laden with intense black fruits. The palate is full and firm with a ripe tannin profile and some alluring savoury notes, it finishes fresh and pure fruited hinting at its developing elegance and ageing potential.”
- Lynne Coyle MW, Wine Director O’Briens Wines

 

"The austerity to the tannins works in this wine's favour giving a juicy grip to the concentrated blackcurrant and bilberry fruits without strangling them. Excellent stuff, finishing up with liquorice and smoked coffee bean. This is an estate that has just powered to better and better wines over the past few years. Yields were 10% below the average of the past five years but still at 40hl/ha. Harvest September 16 through to October 1, finishing around 10 days earlier than the past two years. Consultants Michel Rolland and Julien Viaud. First vintage with Petit Verdot included in the main wine (2%), from vines planted in 2013. Tasted twice."

 

- 94 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château Gloria 2020

Saint-Julien

€195 per 6 bottle case

 

"I love the clear depth to the blueberry and blackberry fruit on the nose here, a sense of elegance and glamour. Silky yet with a kick, this is enjoyable with a saltine cracker twist on the finish - an excellent St-Julien, but a little disappointing for this particular estate when considered next to recent vintages. Tasted twice."

 

- 92 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château De Fieuzal Cru Classé de Graves 2020

Pessac-Léognan

€185 per 6 bottle case

 

"Ruby red, plenty of red fruit aromatics also, savoury redcurrant and raspberry, not as concentrated as some, this has sinew and juice, a little austere, but I like the floral aromatics as it opens. A fairly subdued Fieuzal, structured with excellent juicy tension but not generous at this point. Tasted twice. 14 months ageing."

 

- 94 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château La Pointe 2020

Pomerol

€220 per 6 bottle case

 

"Clarity and depth to the blueberry and raspberry fruit, they have done an excellent job of working with a hot dry vintage to still deliver this estate's trademark charm. Located on soils with plenty of gravel that needed careful attention, and yet this delivers a juicy, fresh core with finely shaped tannins and a moreish salinity on the finish. An excellent success. A higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than in the past, as was true also for the 2019 vintage and will be going forward. La Pointe makes wines that are often not sufficiently recognised within the starry appellation of Pomerol, and yet are consistently enjoyable and full of enticing charm. 3.63pH. A yield of 38hl/ha."

 

- 93 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château Haut-Bages Libéral 5ème Cru Classé 2020

Pauillac

€195 per 6 bottle case

 

"It's full and layered with chewy tannins that are plush and pure."

 

- 95-96 Points, James Suckling

 


Château Ormes de Pez 2020

St-Estèphe

€140 per 6 bottle case

 

"Blueberry, raspberry and cassis, there is concentration but also juice. Merlot-dominant (following a restructuring of the vineyard to better align grapes with terroir) with bite and freshness. A lovely smoky edge here, this is another successful vintage for Ormes de Pez. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.69ph. 45% new oak. A yield of 42hl/ha which was not as low here as at Lynch Bages because of more clay in the soils, and because the Merlot was less impacted by the drought than the Cabernet Sauvignon."

 

- 93 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


 

Château Kirwan 3ème Cru Classé 2020

Margaux

€220 per 6 bottle case

 

Château Kirwan improves in quality every year, as they reap the rewards from significant recent investment in the winery. It has established itself as a firm customer, so we are lucky to get a good allocation of this prestigious Third Growth. 2020 is the third excellent vintage in a row and may well prove to be the best of the Trilogy. With careful cellaring this wine will age gracefully for many years.

 

"Extremely exotic on the nose with crushed blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches, following through to a full-bodied palate with wonderful, refined tannins that are creamy and velvety in texture. Very long and persistent with a caressing finish. Best of the trilogy?"

 

- 94/95 Points, James Suckling

 


 

Château Dauzac 5ème Cru Classé 2020

Margaux

€215 per 6 bottle case

 

"A full-bodied red with ripe-berry, chocolate and walnut character. Soft, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. I like the way that the tannins fold beautifully into the wine, so that you hardly sense them."

 

- 94/95 Points, James Suckling

 


Château Lynch-Moussas 5ème Cru Classé 2020

Pauillac

€175 per 6 bottle case

 

"Rich smoky notes, coffee, mocha, raspberry and black cherry, grilled cedar - a little short on the finish. Tasted several times, and the oak is pretty dominant, it struggles to allow enough gaps through the structure to let the fruit out. A yield of 42hl/ha. 60% new oak"

- 91 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château Langoa Barton 3ème Cru Classé 2020

Saint-Julien

€215 per 6 bottle case

 

"Healthy deep purplish crimson. High-toned, fully ripe nose that is rather seductive before a glossy, polished-tannin dry finish. Promises well for the future while being relatively charming even now. Not the most concentrated 2020 but everything is in balance. Well done. Sappy, dry finish. Very St-Julien. Some restraint despite the initial seduction."
- 17/20 Jancis Robinson

 


Château Lassègue, St-Émilion Grand Cru 2020

St-Émilion Grand Cru

€125 per 6 bottle case

 

"A measured yet powerful grip holds interest from beginning to end of the palate. This is just dripping with salinity from crushed stones, graphite and slate - a physical presence that balances beautifully with the fleshy black cherry and damson fruits, and the chocolate shavings. An excellent quality Lassègue, hard hitting and muscular but with pace and persistency. 52% new oak barrels (from 15 different forests - always a key signature of this estate's ageing policy). 3.6pH, average vine age between 50 and 60 years old."

- 95 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine

 


Château Fourcas-Hosten 2020

Listrac-Médoc

€90 per 6 bottle case

 

"A tight, linear red with chewy tannins that are fine-grained. Bright acidity and a fruity finish. Plenty of tension and tightness."

- 91/92 Points, James Suckling

 


Château Mauvesin Barton 2020

Moulis-En-Médoc

€85 per 6 bottle case

 

"Melanie Barton has now been in charge at Mauvesin-Barton for 10 years, and there is a real feeling of the wine having found its voice - a gentle, fruit-forward Moulis with finesse if not a huge amount of power. Delicate with vibrancy, plenty of blackberry fruits with well-defined but soft tannins, they have really done a great job in the vintage, a value pick and I can't remember tasting a better example of this wine during en primeur. They suffered badly from frost in 2021."

- 92 Points, Decanter Wine Magazine