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The Six – 2019 Single Quinta Ports from the Symington Family

The Six 2019 Single Quinta Ports from the Symington Family 2019 was an unusually dry year, with half of the normal winter rainfall and very little during the summer.  The harvest was one of the longest of all time - over six weeks.  Yields were average, 1.27kg per vine.  Freshness and liveliness are the watchwords here.  There are no Classic Ports…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 25 – Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 25 - Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse A late entry to my 2020 Report, which will miss my first edition, but will be included in the second.  I couldn't keep this note to myself so I have decided to publish it free to view for Friends & Members in the meantime.   2020 Château Beauséjour - Héritiers…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 24 – Margaux

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 24 - Margaux 2020 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc 100% new oak 13.5% alc 36 hL/ha 36% of the harvest was used for this wine 80 IPT 3.67pH Philippe Bascaules is a fascinating chap and his commentary and frankness…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 23 – Canon

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 23 - Canon 2020 Château Canon, Premier Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion 68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc 50% new oak for 18 months 14.5% alc 40 hL/ha 3.53pH Merlot was harvested from 4th – 21st September and Cabernet Franc was harvested from 18th – 23rd September In common with a handful…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 22 – Léoville-Las Cases

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 22 - Léoville-Las Cases 2020 Château Léoville-Las Cases, Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases, 2ème Cru Saint-Julien 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot 80% new oak 13.68% alc 79 IPT 3.80 pH Merlot was harvested from 12th – 15th September, Cabernet Sauvignon…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 21 – Haut-Bailly

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 21 - Haut-Bailly 2020 Château Haut-Bailly Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot 50% new oak Harvested between 9th – 25th September.  Véronique Sanders told me that in the past, so-called ‘great vintages’ used to come from relatively…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 20 – Figeac

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 20 - Figeac 2020 Château Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion 37% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon 100% new oak 13.9% alc 40 hL/ha 3.7pH Harvested between 4th September – 1st October 2020 Figeac is a tour de force.  Every possible variable is considered…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 19 – La Conseillante

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 19 - La Conseillante 2020 Château La Conseillante, Pomerol 87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc 70% new oak, 27% older oak and 3% amphorae 14% alc 39 hl/ha 3.67 pH 9.77ha of the overall 11.79ha went into the Grand Vin Organically certified Winemaker Marielle Cazaux explained that she will…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 18 – La Fleur-Pétrus

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 18 - La Fleur-Pétrus   2020 Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot 16-18 months in 50% new oak There is a full chorus and orchestra crammed into this beautiful wine given the complexity of its perfume and the depth of its prodigious flavour.  With…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 17 – La Lagune

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 17 - La Lagune 2020 Château La Lagune, 3ème Cru Ludon, Haut-Médoc 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot 50% new oak 14% alc 35 hL/ha This is a stunning La Lagune with sensational energy, grandeur and poise.  The fruit is lusty, dark and resonant and the oak adds to this wine’s…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 16 – Léoville, Langoa & Mauvesin Barton

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 16 - Léoville Barton & Family   2020 Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Saint-Julien 85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot 60% new oak 13.6% alc 34 hL/ha Harvested 14th – 15th September and 21st – 28th September Like its sibling, Langoa, the nose on this wine is jaw-droppingly…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 15 – Calon Ségur & Family

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 15 - Calon Ségur & Family   2020 Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Saint-Estèphe This is a completely single-minded Calon with the most amazingly determined cassis flavour I can remember on both the nose and palate.  The oak is extraordinary - so discreet and yet so critical to this wine’s…