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30 Jun 2021

2020 Bordeaux Futures

2020 Bordeaux Futures

Author: Vintage Wine  /  Categories: Wine & Spirits, Wine  /  Rate this article:
“Nobody does it better….”, the old Carly Simon song comes to mind when I think of Bordeaux wines in a great vintage. Bordeaux, France and Napa, California are the two most prominent places in the world that produce top notch Cabernet and Merlot based wines, but when Bordeaux has a great vintage and it is not over priced, nobody does it better. Granted those are two big ifs because Bordeaux doesn’t have the frequency of great vintages like Napa, and at times the Bordeaux chateaux do get greedy with their pricing. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Bordeaux got it right - great vintage and good pricing. What separates Bordeaux from Napa in great vintages is the sheer depth of quality and the plethora of excellent quality wines in all price ranges. In vintages like 2018, 2019 and 2020, consumers can find great wines in all price ranges from $20 to $1,000, and it is not just one or two; there are many to choose from. Napa doesn’t have as much vineyard land as Bordeaux so it cannot produce the same amount as Bordeaux and Napa cannot touch Bordeaux for the amount and selection of wines in the lower price tiers.

2018, 2019 and 2020 are all great vintages for Bordeaux, but 2020 seems to be the most lauded of the three vintages. Many in Bordeaux are comparing 2018, 2019 and 2020 to another famed trio of vintages, 1988,1989 and 1990. In 2020 many chateaux have probably made their finest wine recent memory.

To top it all off, the 25% tariff hovering over EU wines for the past year or so has been lifted, and there seems to be certainty that it won’t return in the near future (we are also now releasing our 2019 Bordeaux Futures due to the tariffs being lifted.)

While scores from individual critics are sometimes useful, when you have a consensus amongst most of the well known critics, you can gain some confidence in the assessment of the wines. For 2020 scores by all critics are consistently high. We have provided scores for you as a tool.

Please click here to download the attached pdf file to view the list and prices of 2020 Bordeaux we have available.

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