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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 14 – Le Dôme & the JCP Maltus Portfolio

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report - Episode 14 Le Dôme & the JCP Maltus Portfolio Le Dôme, Grand Cru, Saint-Émilion (from the JCP Maltus portfolio) 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot 80% new oak 13.9% alc 3.69pH Merlot harvest was 29th September, Cabernet Franc harvest was 8th & 9th October Made in the car park of the new winery,…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 13 – Angludet

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 13 - Angludet 2020 Château Angludet, Margaux 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot 70% oak of which 40% was new, 30% in 7 hL amphoras Estimated 13.5% alc 26 hL/ha 3.6pH What I like about Angludet in 2020 is that the front half of the experience is lush and expansive, with tender…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 12 – Mouton Rothschild & Family

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 12 - Mouton Rothschild & Family 2020 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot 100% new oak 13.13% alc I urge you to read my tasting note on Le Petit Mouton before this one because it sets the scene perfectly for this…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 11 – Angélus

2020 Bordeaux Report Episode 11 - Angélus 2020 Château Angélus, Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Saint-Émilion 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc Estimated alcohol 14.5% It is rare to find such pressure on a Grand Vin to perform as there has been on Angélus in 2020.  This pressure is both from within the operation, from the owners, winemakers…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 10 – Domaine Clarence Dillon (Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, Quintus)

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 10 - Domaine Clarence Dillon (Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, Quintus) RED WINES 2020 Château Haut-Brion Rouge, 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.5% Cabernet Franc Estimated alcohol 15% Harvested between 7th – 29th September It seems extraordinary that I am…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 9 – Smith Haut Lafitte & Family

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 9 - Smith Haut Lafitte WHITES 2020 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris 50% new oak 29 hL/ha This is outstanding, with tremendous depth and broad swathes of citrus, almond, brioche and pineapple husk from start to finish and while…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 8 – Bélair Monange

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 8 - Bélair-Monange   2020 Château Bélair-Monange, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Saint-Émilion 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc 16-18 months in 50% new oak Heroic scale and ripeness are matched with epic freshness and spice on the finish and this makes it a sensational experience in 2020. …
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 7 – Troplong Mondot

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 7 - Troplong Mondot 2020 Château Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Saint-Émilion 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc 60% new oak for between 14-16 months 14.5% alc 3.53 pH Harvest took place between 3rd – 30th September in two distinct tranches totalling 12 days. This…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 6 – Clos Cantenac & Séraphine

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 6 - Clos Cantenac & Séraphine 2020 Clos Cantenac, Grand Cru, Saint-Emilion 100% Merlot 40% new oak 14.5% alc Production is 8000 bottles I tasted Petit Cantenac (the second wine from this estate) immediately before this wine and, as I subconsciously do with every wine I taste, I fleetingly…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 5 – Tertre Roteboeuf & Family

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 5 - Tertre Roteboeuf & Family 2020 Tertre Roteboeuf, Grand Cru, Saint-Émilion I feel like I need to warm up and stretch before unleashing this mighty wine from its bottle.  Even though the TR quartet arrived in half-bottle format it seems that the Grand Vin requires more effort to lift and pour its…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 4 – Cos d’Estournel & Family

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 4 - Cos d'Estournel & Family 2020 Château Cos d’Estournel (2ème Cru Saint-Estèphe) 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot 55% new oak 13.46% alc 39 hl/ha 3.90 pH 80 IPT When you peruse the statistics above you will notice that the standout ‘stat’ is the alcohol level - a full 1%…
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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Episode 3 – Pichon Baron, Pibran & Suduiraut

2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report Episode 3 - Pichon Baron, Pibran & Suduiraut 2020 Château Pibran, Pauillac 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% new oak for 18 months This is a plump, juicy Pibran with a mass of black fruit which crowds the palate as soon as you take a sip.  Bold and relatively forward with dusty but not aggressive…