All is set for yet another thrilling vintage in Bordeaux!

Harvest 2020

It's the end of October and harvest was over for reds some 20 days ago

Reports say that there's a great potential in 2020. All grape varieties did exceptionally well. 

Among "white" grapes, Semillon seems to be quite exceptional, while among red ones, Merlot takes the pole position. Some winemakers say that in 2020, Merlot and Cabernets changed their characteristics, so Merlot is more powerful and fleshy than usual and Cabernets more elegant than usual.

Harvest went very well in Sauternes & Barsac with very favourable conditions for botrytis spread towards the end of picking. It's high-quality vintage, says Jean-Pierre Meslier from Raymond Lafon.

We have to wait until the beginning of January 2021 to know more about the exact character and style of 2020 vintage.

 

 

Latest news

2020 vintage in Bordeaux looks like it will follow the trend of excellent vintages. We will know more in December/January, after malolactic fermentation is finished.

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "Vintages" chapter. 325 samples were tasted (by primo July 2020) from classified and non-classified properties

All chateau profiles are up to date (October 2020) with recently collected tasting notes/ratings

A new feature is the Burgundy blog in News chapter. Tasting notes from tastings and tasting dinners attended since November 2018

New! Tasting of 1945 vintage from Bordeaux + extras - Vertical & Horizontal tastings chapter

I contribute with tasting notes to www.tastingbook.com. 5.400+ followers and 2.200+ TNs by primo October 2020

My top ten wines tasted in 2019

1. Lafite Rothschild 2016                                  100p

2. Cheval Blanc 2000                                         100p

3. Cheval Blanc 2009                                          99p

4. Lafleur 2016                                                   99p

5. Lafleur 2015                                                   98p

6. Pichon Baron 2010                                          98p

7. Pichon Comtesse 2017                                    97p

8. Beychevelle 1949                                            97p

9. Leoville Barton 2016                                       96p

10. Les Carmes Haut Brion 1953                         96p