2020 Futures

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Under the name « gems », we refer to unsung producers who make admirable wines due to their excellent vineyards and their own talent.

These wines are always produced in very small amounts, in vineyards maintained as gardens by gifted and meticulous wine-growers. Even if they do not make the headlines of magazines, they highly deserve to be discovered and tasted for their exemplary quality.

  • 4567
    Futures 2020 Côtes de Castillon
    • Red
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    A 6 ha property (92% Merlot) acquired in 2011 by Mr. Thienpont (Pavie-Macquin, Larcis-Ducasse...). After a break-in period, Alcée takes off in 2016, standing out from its neighbours by its emphasis on finesse, minerality and distinction. A wine with more length than breadth.

    Already ranked among the "essential producers" in the 2019 Bettane&Desseauve guide.

    Bettane & Desseauve : 93-94/100 « Cœur de bouche soyeux subtil, caractère vibrant, énergique et dynamique du tannin, tout est réuni dans ce vin hédoniste qui va évoluer favorablement dans le temps. À mettre entre toutes les mains. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 89-91/100 « The 2020 Alcée is quite the powerhouse. Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, savory herbs, lavender and cloves are all kicked up. This is flamboyant to the core, with tons of density and just as much immediacy. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 90-92/100 « The 2020 Alcée has a well-defined bouquet, nicely controlled, featuring crisp blackberry, briar, undergrowth and very subtle marmalade aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly edgy tannins that lend this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux a Left Bank quality. Fine salinity emerges toward the finish. »



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  • 4571
    Futures 2020 Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion
    • Red
    • Certified organic wine
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    A 4 ha plot selection from Château Rigaud, La Mauriane is not yet another luxurious cuvée on the right bank but a wine built on fine grain tannins where the brilliance and precision of the fruit prevail.

    Quarin : 91/100 « Couleur sombre, vive et intense. Nez très aromatique, au fruité mûr, crémeux et truffé. Moelleux à l’attaque et plutôt ample pour le millésime, le vin se développe juteux, savoureux, agréable, avec du fond entre le milieu et la finale. Belle longueur sans angle. Bravo pour avoir maintenu cette qualité cette année. »

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  • 4580
    Futures 2020 Côtes de Castillon
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    Mr Derenoncourt, Bordeaux's most sought-after consultant, is also a producer. Obviously, he (with his wife) applies in his vineyards the methods that have made his success: respect for the terroir and biotope, subtle vinification and maturation, wines of great aromatic precision.

    Bettane & Desseauve : 93-94/100 « Une matière enveloppante, soyeuse et profonde qui grâce à l’élevage et au temps va gagner en complexité et révéler toute sa dimension et sa finesse. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 91-93/100 « The 2020 Domaine de L'A is incredibly reticent today. Given how well it ages, that should not be a huge concern. Dark-fleshed fruit, graphite and spice gradually open with a bit of coaxing, all framed by bright saline notes that build into the persistent finish. I imagine the 2020 is going to need a number of years to shine. It is a hugely promising wine, even in the very early going. »

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  • 4578
    Futures 2020 Lalande de Pomerol
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    Mr. Durantou (owner of Église-Clinet who died in 2020) produced only 1500 cases per year of his remarkable Lalande de Pomerol Les Cruzelles. This was far superior to the neighbouring Pomerol of the same price.

    Bettane & Desseauve : 93-94/100
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    Martin (Vinous) : 90-92/100 « The 2020 Les Cruzelles offers plenty of brambly red fruit on the nose, where touches of undergrowth, menthol and cassis unfold with time. [...] Displaying wonderful focus and energy from start to finish, this is a classy Lalande de Pomerol that should give 12–15 years of drinking pleasure. Superb. »

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  • 4582
    Futures 2020 Côtes de Castillon
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    • Certified organic wine
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    Started in 2003, the adventure of Clos Louie is a textbook case: doll's vineyard (2.3 ha) on a beautiful clay-limestone terroir of Castillon, very old vines (150 years old!) mostly Merlot and red tail malbec, careful biodynamic cultivation, double manual sorting during the harvest, little interventionist vinification, gentle maturing in 500-litre demi-muids. A true artist's wine, absent from the guides but that informed amateurs know well.

    Quarin : 91/100 « Nez intense, fin, pur, au fruité mûr. Minutieux en entrée de bouche, savoureux au milieu, juteux, le vin est construit élancé, mais charnu. Très belle finale savoureuse et longue, à la tannicité enrobée. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 91-93+/100 « The 2020 Clos Louie is gorgeous. Rich and explosive, the 2020 possesses terrific energy that distinguishes it. Inky black fruit, graphite, gravel, dried herbs, blood orange and lavender are all finely knit. The 2020 deftly marries fruit intensity with vibrancy and energy. It is a wine of tremendous appeal. Bright floral and spice accents perk up the finish. Clos Louie isn't a big wine, but it sure is impressive. »


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  • 4597
    Futures 2020 Pessac-Léognan red
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    Although Les Carmes is adjacent to Haut-Brion and its vines were once part of those of Haut-Brion, the wines produced there are radically different from those of its prestigious neighbour. Due to a particular subsoil with the presence of clay, the vines are mainly Cabernet Franc (42%) and Merlot (40%) and the wines, deep and tasty, have an immediate generosity more typical of the right bank than the left bank. The new team set up following the acquisition in 2010 immediately propelled Les Carmes to the top of the Pessac-Léognan's wines.

    Bettane & Desseauve : 94-95/100
    Revue du Vin de France : 95-97/100 « Une fois de plus le vin des Carmes Haut-Brion affirme une grande originalité. Une teinte moins saturée que les autres ténors de l’appellation, un fruit plus frais, plus floral et plus terrien à la fois (intrigantes notes de mousseron…). Distingué, racé sans conteste, profond. La douceur s’exprime dans le délié de la chair, vraiment en finesse, allant jusqu’à une sensation de minceur, que la magistrale persistance dément énergiquement. »
    Quarin : 97/100 « Nez intense, fin, fruité, pur, subtil, noble et plus floral que d’habitude. Nuances d’encre et de fumée à l’agitation du verre. Extrêmement moelleux en entrée de bouche, ample au milieu, puissant et fondant, avec un gras de magicien, le vin fond au palais, juteux, savoureux, complexe, avant de s’achever long, nuancé et noble dans sa texture et ses arômes. C’est très bon. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 95-97+/100 « The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is dazzling, but it is also a wine of reserve and understatement. I image it will be some years, at the very least, before the 2020 is ready to show all it has to offer. [...] I can't wait to taste the 2020 from bottle, and won't be at all surprised if it turns out even better than this note suggests. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 94-96/100 « Though it shares the same surname, it is interesting to see how, stylistically, it is cut from a totally different cloth than Haut-Brion and La Mission, which each possess their own distinct attributes. Quite thickly textured and weighty on the finish with a long, spicy aftertaste, this is a serious Les Carmes Haut-Brion with a very long future ahead. »

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  • 4609
    Futures 2020 Médoc
    • Red
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    The incessant work of Mr. and Mrs. Dief since 2000 is bearing fruit today: in a tense and distinguished style, Clos Manou shines with a vibrant, deep energy, with pure and radiant fruit, combining length and density. Undoubtedly the most beautiful revelation of the northern Médoc in recent vintages.

    Dupont (Le Point) : 16,5/20 « Nez expressif, mûre, myrtille, cerise noire, bouche carrée, dense, tanins assez présents, un peu rugueux à ce stade, long, nerveux. »
    Quarin : 89/100 « Nez moyennement aromatique, pur, au fruité frais et mûr. Caressant à l’attaque, juteux en milieu de bouche, savoureux, avec un corps tendre au milieu, le vin s’achève sur une tannicité un peu plus marquée que de coutume. Longueur moyenne. »
    Burtschy : 91-92/100 « Ce cru très régulier se présente avec une robe grenat et des arômes très fruits rouges. Le vin possède
    une bonne densité et il est bien équilibré. À déguster tranquillement les cinq prochaines années. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 90-92/100 « The 2020 Clos Manou is plush and sensual. Blackberry jam, chocolate, cloves and sweet new oak give this flamboyant Merlot plenty of richness. This is an especially unctuous wine, with soft curves and plenty of intensity. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 90-92/100 « The 2020 Clos Manou has a gorgeous bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit mixed with rose petal and blood orange aromas. The oak is very well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, good weight and a classic, cedar and tobacco finish. Excellent and hopefully good value. »

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  • 4615
    Futures 2020 Margaux
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    A small estate (12 ha), carefully tended and vinified with constant regularity, Deyrem Valentin is one of the most typical Margaux crus. Distinguished by the Revue du Vin de France among the hidden nuggets of the Médoc, "its Margaux wines draw a delicious balance".

    Promoted to "Cru Bourgeois Supérieur" in 2020.

    Quarin : 89/100 « Couleur sombre, pourpre, vive et intense. Nez très aromatique, au fruité mûr, frais et épicé. Moelleux en entrée de bouche, savoureux au milieu, le vin évolue sur une bonne tenue, sur une finale un tantinet austère, mais sans angle tannique. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 88-90/100 « The 2020 Deyrem Valentin is a rich, heady wine. Black cherry, chocolate, espresso, leather and spice give this ample, racy Margaux quite a bit of darkness to match its supple, dense personality. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 88-90/100 « The 2020 Deyrem Valentin has a ripe, candied, licorice scented bouquet that is more opulent than recent vintages. This wants to make an impression. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fleshy black fruit and a touch of sea salt mixed with licorice on the finish. »

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  • 4698
    Futures 2020 Saint-Émilion
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    Small vineyard of 8.8 ha north-east of Saint-Émilion, property Garcin (Clos l'Église, Barde-Haut) since 2013. Their aim is not to produce yet another "competition animal" but a generously fruity, delicious, creamy, easily and quickly accessible Saint-Émilion.

    Bettane & Desseauve :94-95/100 « Sculptural, Poésia 2020 est impressionnant. Dans son registre frais et intense, il impose une personnalité unique, construite pour la longue garde. »
    Quarin : 89/100 « Nez très aromatique, puissant, épicé, fruité, avec une touche d'agrumes. Juteux à l'attaque, plus tendre que de coutume en milieu de bouche (c'est le millésime), le vin évolue agréable, parfumé et savoureux en finale sur une bonne longueur. »
    Galloni (Vinous) : 93-95/100 « The Poesia is absolutely gorgeous in 2020. Bright, beautifully perfumed and elegant, it’s a total knockout. The energy and purity of the flavors is just remarkable. Sweet red cherry, red plum, tobacco, cedar, mint, mocha and dried flowers all meld together. Simply dazzling, and it may turn out to be the best vintage yet. That's pretty much all there is to it. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 91-93/100 « The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and a well-judged line of acidity. Velvety in texture and very harmonious, this is already an irresistible Poesia with a caressing, pure finish. It might well be the best vintage I have tasted from this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. »



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  • 4705
    Futures 2020 Saint-Émilion
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    An oenologist by training, Ms. Papon-Nouvel owns two tiny properties at the bottom of Saint-Émilion near Canon-La Gaffelière: Petit Gravet Aîné (2.4 ha) and Clos Saint-Julien (1.3 ha), where the vines are mainly old cabernets francs. From the vine to the cellar, she manages all the stages in the production of her wines on her own and, whatever the vintage, her talent as an instinctive winemaker gives wines of natural elegance and exemplary sweetness.

    Bettane & Desseauve : 92-93/100
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    Quarin : 87/100 « Couleur sombre, intense et pourpre. Nez fruité et discret. Bouche caressante, au corps élancé, avec du goût en finale et une tannicité fine. Longueur moyenne. »
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  • 4725
    Futures 2020 Saint-Émilion
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    Bettane & Desseauve : 93/100
    Quarin : 95/100 « Nez intense, fin, fruité, subtil, complexe et profond. Noble à l'agitation. Ultra caressant à l'attaque, avec un corps doux et une texture de rêve, bouleversante pour ses nuances aromatiques, le vin fond au palais gracieux, noble, complexe, avec une touche d'austérité dans la persistance. Mais quelle fabuleuse expression ! »
    Martin (Vinous) : 93-95/100 « Tightly-wound at first, the 2020 opens with lavender and incense aromas infusing the red berry fruit. Touches of rose petal emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannins and moderate depth. A discrete white pepper note builds towards the finish that is vivacious and vibrant. I suspect that this might close down a little after bottling, but there is great potential. »

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  • 4723
    Futures 2020 Saint-Émilion
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    Jonathan Maltus, a British citizen, bought his first vines in the 1990s in Saint-Emilion, with the aim of creating a vineyard made up of plot selections in the image of the great Burgundian estates. His plots are worked and vinified separately, with a heritage of old vines managed at low yields (30 hl/ha) in order to draw the quintessence of each terroir. Remarkable vintages, little known in France but much sought after by English and American wine lovers.

    Born in 1996, Le Dôme is his first micro vintage (3.61 ha), coming from 3 contiguous plots near Ch. Angélus, halfway up the hillside. Predominantly Cabernet Franc (80%, vines planted in 1960-1970), Le Dôme is an intense, deep wine with an impressive tannic structure carefully coated, with a long finish.

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    Galloni (Vinous) : 94-96/100 « The 2020 Le Dôme is incredibly elegant and polished; I can't remember a vintage of Le Dôme with this much finesse and nuance. Bright floral aromatics lead into a core of sculpted red cherry fruit. Dried rose petal, mint, blood orange and cinnamon open with a bit of time in the glass. A promising wine. »
    Martin (Vinous) : 93-95/100 « The 2020 Le Dôme has a backward nose that demands coaxing, eventually revealing very attractive blackberry, wild strawberry, blood orange and crushed stone aromas. The way this builds with aeration is very promising. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, quite structured and maybe a little more austere than recent vintages. That comes through on the finish, which seems to be clamped down at the moment. It will require several years of bottle age, but it will be worth the wait. »

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  • 4739
    Futures 2020 Chevlaier-Montrachet Grand cru
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    In 2004, Jean-Michel Chartron gave a new impetus to the family estate, with the chance to have an extraordinary land heritage (the Clos des Chevaliers is the best part of the Chevalier-Montrachet, itself considered the best grand cru in Puligny after Montrachet). Mineral, nervous, powerful and long, its wines are among the greatest in Puligny. Rated one star in the 2021 Revue du Vin de France guide.

    Appointment : Jean-Michel Chartron was doubly elected "Winegrower of the Year": in the magazine "Bourgogne Aujourd'hui" in March 2018 and in the Hachette guide in September 2018.

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  • 4758
    Futures 2020 Saint-péray
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    Since 1994, Michel Tardieu has been selecting and growing wines from very old vines and from the best terroirs of each appellation. Associated until 2007 with Dominique Laurent, known for the concentration of his Burgundy wines, Michel Tardieu has, because of the innate richness of the Rhone Valley wines, always sought to favour elegance and aromatic complexity in his selections.

    Promoted two stars in the 2021 Revue du Vin de France guide.

    Saint-Péray Vieilles Vignes: 50% marsanne (with 100 years old vines!) and 50% roussanne. On a background of honeyed and toasted notes, intense aromas of white flowers and quince, the freshness is well present and, in the mouth, the vivacity balances the roundness.

    Terroirs : La Côte, La Beylesse
    Varieties (age of vines) : 50% marsanne (50 to 100 years), 50% roussanne (more than 40 years)
    Alcohol content : 13.5°
    Ageing : 12 months in new and one wine old barrels
    Bottling : no fining and very light filtration

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  • 4760
    Futures 2020 Condrieu blanc
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    Since 1994, Michel Tardieu has been selecting and growing wines from very old vines and from the best terroirs of each appellation. Associated until 2007 with Dominique Laurent, known for the concentration of his Burgundy wines, Michel Tardieu has, because of the innate richness of the Rhone Valley wines, always sought to favour elegance and aromatic complexity in his selections.

    Promoted two stars in the 2021 Revue du Vin de France guide.

    100% Viognier (45 years old), from the best terroirs of the appellation including the famous Vernon hillside. A Condrieu that is restrained, expressive and complex but without exuberance.

    Terroirs : Paton, Lys de Volan, La Bonnette, Rochecourbe, Les Rivoires, Merlant
    Varieties (age of vines) : 100% viognier (45 years)
    Alcohol content : 13.5°
    Ageing : 10 months in new and one wine old barrels
    Bottling : no fining and very light filtration

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  • 4773
    Futures 2020 Châteauneuf-du-pape rouge
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    Since 1994, Michel Tardieu has been selecting and growing wines from very old vines and from the best terroirs of each appellation. Associated until 2007 with Dominique Laurent, known for the concentration of his Burgundy wines, Michel Tardieu has, because of the innate richness of the Rhone Valley wines, always sought to favour elegance and aromatic complexity in his selections.

    Promoted two stars in the 2021 Revue du Vin de France guide.

    In addition to his classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Michel Tardieu produces an original cuvée, the Cuvée Spéciale, 100% century-old Grenache, which is incredibly rich and voluptuous. A superlative wine aged in barrels in barrels of at least one wine (no new barrels to best express the sweetness of old grenaches).

    Terroirs : at the base of La Crau on sandy soils
    Varieties (age of vines) : 99% grenache (more than 100 years), 1% others
    Alcohol content : 14.5°
    Vinification : 100% not destemmed grapes
    Ageing : 12 months in two or three wines old barrels, and 12 months in wooden tank
    Bottling : no fining and no filtration

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  • 4776
    Futures 2020 Spain (Ribera del Duero)
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    Amazing story as that of Dominio de Pingus. Created in 1995 by Peter Sisseck, a Danish (!), this estate a few kilometres from Vega Sicilia has become a cult in less than 15 years.

    Flor de Pingus is the second wine, coming from the Dominio de Pingus and neighbouring parcels acquired by fermage, 100% tempranillo aged 50 years, biodynamic since 2005. 4000 cases produced per year.

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