1st week (May 10th to 14th): KICK-OFF
This week, the Bordeaux châteaux kicked off the Futures 2020 season, with a number of small wines but just as many great talents:
• Bordeaux dry white
: Clos Floridène, Doisy-Daëne, Couhins (new)
, Haut-Bergey organic
, Larrivet Haut-Brion
• Medoc / Left Bank
: Du Retout, Lousteauneuf, Petit Manou, Belle-Vue, Charmail, Clos Manou
• Right Bank / Libournais
: Reynon, Puyguéraud, Alcée, La Mauriane organic
, Dalem, Haut-Carles, La Fleur de Boüard, Clos Louie organic
Stability: by more or less maintaining last year's prices, this week's white and red wines are all remarkable quality/price ratios in 2020, as only Bordeaux knows how to produce them in great vintages. One exception: Clos Louie has increased its price by 25%, in proportion to a reduced production (no second Louison and Léopoldine wine in 2020).
At a gallop: the surprise release of Cheval Blanc this week has created quite an event and is reminiscent of the release of Pontet-Canet last year at the launch of the 2019 Primeurs campaign. With a very moderate price increase of +7% this year (after a 32% drop last year), Cheval Blanc 2020 is offered at €450 ex-VAT per bottle, it was €616 ex-VAT in Primeurs 2018. Bravo and thank you to this courageous Cheval Blanc for showing the way to other grands crus.
5th great vintage since 2015: given the accumulated sunshine and temperature of the summer, it was obvious that 2020 would again be a great vintage for red Bordeaux. In the formidable series of great recent Bordeaux vintages - 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 - our hunch is to place 2020 behind the exceptional 2016 (refinement) and 2018 (richness) but ahead of 2015 and 2019. You can find our comments and appreciations on the 2020 vintage in the newsletter: here.