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2020 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2020 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

The 2020 Rauzan-Ségla is all reserve and nowhere near as showy as the last few vintages. Don't be fooled though, this tightly-coiled, brilliant wine has the potential to be magnificent, but it needs time. Sweet floral, spice and cedar nuances open with a bit of coaxing, but the 2020 is in no mood to show all its cards yet. The 2020 is a super-classic Rauzan-Ségla that will delight readers in search of restrained elegance, something that is not so easy to find in Bordeaux these days. Drink 2027‑2050. Rated (95‑97).- Antonio Galloni, vinous.com June, 2021
The 2020 Rauzan-Ségla is set to be matured in 60% new oak barrels for an intended 18 months. I left my sample for 30 minutes because, like the Ségla, it was backward and rather taciturn on the nose. It repaid a little patience with very classic scents of blackberry, crushed stone, wilted iris flowers and a hint of orange blossom. The aromatics are exquisitely delineated yet succinctly controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins that support crystalline black fruit interlaced with light graphite and crustacean notes. Brimming with energy and full of tension from start to finish, this is a sophisticated and quite intellectual Margaux. It’s also flippin’ delicious. Drink 2027-2057. Rated (95-97). - Neal Martin, vinbous.com May, 2021 Drink 2027‑2057. Rated (95‑97).- Neal Martin, vinous.com May, 2021
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Tumeric and cumin spices alongside concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits, this has a powerful structure where the tannins layer up through the palate. There is no question that this is intense, and a reflection of the low yields of the vintage, but Rauzan Segla manages what it always does, which is to take the foot off the pedal at exactly the right moment, and allow the juice to come rushing in. The push and pull of muscular tannins and deft supple acidity gives an extra layer of success. Should be ready to drink a little earlier than the biggest years such as 2016 or 2019, but this will still age for decades. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Harvest began September 8, a yield of 30hl/ha. 60% new oak. Tasted twice. Drink 2028‑2044. Rated 96.- Jane Anson, decanter.com April 30, 2021

$140.00 the bottle  $714.00 the case of 6



2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac

2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac

The 2020 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a very refined, almost understated bouquet at first, but it opens in glorious fashion to offer precise blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, crushed stone and wild mint, gaining intensity at its own pace. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, a keen thread of acidity, layers of intense black fruit and quite a spicy, vibrant and certainly persistent finish. This is a brilliant GPL from the Borie family. Drink 2027‑2055. Rated (95‑97).- Neal Martin, vinous.com May, 2021

$107.50 the bottle  $548.28 the case of 6



2020 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2020 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

Packed full of black chocolate shavings, liquorice, cocoa bean, concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits. Good quality, will bed down and age extremely well, with depth and character but also classicism. As with many in this corner of the Médoc peninsula in this vintage, the austerity to the tannins is very much to the fore right now. May be upscored when in bottle. Drink 2029‑2045. Rated 94. - Jane Anson, decanter.com April 30, 2021.
The 2020 Léoville Barton was picked September 15–16 and matured in 70% new oak. It is one of the best vintages that I have encountered in barrel. Wow! This shoots from the glass with beautifully defined black fruit, mineral-rich aromas, pixelated with laser-like focus. The palate is medium-bodied with chiseled tannins, a perfect line of acidity, layers of vibrant, vivacious black fruit and a very persistent finish that is pure class. If you don’t have this in your cellar, then there will be a Léoville Barton–shaped hole to fill. Drink 2028‑2055. Rated (94‑96).- Neal Martin, vinous.com May, 2021

$125.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case



2020 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

2020 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

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. Drink 2023‑2032. Rated 92. - Jane Anson, decanter.com April 30, 2021

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale. Wines scheduled to ship spring/summer 2023.


More 2020 Bordeaux En Primeur

Color Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Case
Rouge 12 750 2020 Beychevelle, Château Château Beychevelle Saint-Julien $1,249.56
Rouge 6 750 2020 Branaire-Ducru, Château Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien $344.28
Blanc 12 750 2020 Carbonnieux (Blanc), Château Château Carbonnieux (Blanc) Graves Pessac-Léognan $484.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Carbonnieux (Rouge), Château Château Carbonnieux (Rouge) Graves Pessac-Léognan $484.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Chasse-Spleen, Château Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc $433.56
Blanc 6 750 2020 Chevalier, Domaine de Domaine de Chevalier Graves Pessac-Léognan $714.00
Rouge 6 750 2020 Chevalier, Domaine de Domaine de Chevalier Graves Pessac-Léognan $510.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Corbin, Château Château Corbin Saint-Émilion $510.00
Rouge 6 750 2020 Gaffelière, Château La Château La Gaffelière Pauillac $522.78
Rouge 6 750 2020 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac $548.28
Rouge 6 750 2020 Gruaud-Larose, Château Château Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien $624.78
d'Or 12 375 2020 Guiraud, Château Château Guiraud Sauternes $357.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Jacobins, Clos des Clos des Jacobins Saint-Émilion $408.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Lafon-Rochet, Château Château Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe $586.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Lanessan, Château Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc $229.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Langoa-Barton, Château Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien $637.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $1,275.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Marjosse Rouge, Château Château Marjosse Rouge Bordeaux $152.88
Rouge 12 750 2020 Mauvesin Barton, Château Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc $254.88
Rouge 12 750 2020 Meyney, Château Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe $433.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Phélan-Ségur, Chateau Château Phélan-Ségur Saint-Estèphe $688.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Prieuré-Lichine, Chateau Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux $561.00
Rouge 6 750 2020 Rauzan-Ségla, Château Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux $714.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Sénéjac, Château Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc $229.56
Rouge 12 750 2020 Siaurac, Château Château Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol $254.88
Rouge 12 750 2020 Talbot, Château Château Talbot Saint-Julien $867.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Tour Figeac, Château La Château La Tour Figeac Saint-Émilion $561.00
Rouge 12 750 2020 Vieille Cure, Château La Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac $331.56

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale. Wines scheduled to ship spring/summer 2023.

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