Bordeaux en-primeur

Bordeaux en-primeur 2020

Wine Cellar's 2020 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign has come to an end. However, if you are interested in next year's 2021 campaign, please subscribe to our en-primeur mailing list here.

Wine Appellation  Rand /bottle* JR.com 
 /20  
WA   
/100
Dec
/100
JS
/100
NM
/100
Aile d'Argent Bordeaux Blanc R 1,254 - R 1,518          
Blanc de Lynch-Bages Bordeaux Blanc R 640 - R 775          
Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc R 154 - R 186       92-93  
Puygueraud Côtes de Francs R 188 - R 228          
Montlandrie Côtes de Castillon R 287 - R 348 16.5        
La Dauphine Fronsac R 267 - R 323 16.5        
Cantemerle Haut-Médoc R 364 - R 440 16+        
La Lagune Haut-Médoc R 534 - R 646 16.5        
Sénéjac Haut-Médoc R 225 - R 272          
Les Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol R 353 - R 427 16+        
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux R 942 - R 1,141 17+        
Brane-Cantenac Margaux R 880 - R 1,066 17     96-97  
d'Issan Margaux R 786 - R 952 17.5     93-94  
du Tertre Margaux R 560 - R 678          
Labegorce Margaux R 427 - R 517 16.5        
Lascombes Margaux R 1,014 - R 1,227 15.5        
Malescot Saint-Exupéry Margaux R 650 - R 787 16        
Margaux Margaux R 7,469 - R 9,042 19        
Palmer Margaux R 3,487 - R 4,221 18+        
Rauzan-Ségla Margaux R 1,200 - R 1,453 17.5        
Siran Margaux R 413 - R 501 16        
Potensac Médoc R 331 - R 401          
Mauvesin Barton Moulis R 238 - R 288          
Clerc Milon Pauillac R 1,067 - R 1,291 17.5     95-96  
d'Armailhac Pauillac R 640 - R 775 16.5        
Duhart Milon Pauillac R 1,040 - R 1,259 17.5     95-96  
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac R 960 - R 1,163 17.5        
Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac R 494 - R 598 17        
Haut-Batailley Pauillac R 754 - R 912 17        
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac R 8,577 - R 10,383 19     99-100  
Le Petit Mouton Pauillac R 2,989 - R 3,618 17.5     97-98  
Lynch-Bages Pauillac R 1,430 - R 1,731 17++        
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac R 6,173 - R 7,473 18.5     99-100  
Pichon Baron Pauillac R 2,107 - R 2,551 18        
Pichon Lalande Pauillac R 2,323 - R 2,812 18        
Pontet-Canet Pauillac R 1,256 - R 1,521 17        
La Clarté de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Blanc R 1,200 - R 1,453          
Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 858 - R 1,038 17        
Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 6,269 - R 7,589 18.5     99-100  
La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 934 - R 1,130 16.5     93-94  
La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 4,001 - R 4,844 18+     97-98  
Le Clarence Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 2,134 - R 2,583 17+     96-97  
Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,441 - R 1,744       97-98  
Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 597 - R 722 17        
Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,302 - R 1,576 16.5+        
Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,441 - R 1,744 17+     99-100  
Clinet Pomerol R 1,156 - R 1,399          
Gazin Pomerol R 1,092 - R 1,321 16.5        
L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol R4,535 - R 5,490 17.5+        
La Conseillante Pomerol R 2,712 - R 3,283          
Le Gay Pomerol R 1,387 - R 1679          
Rouget Pomerol R 640 - R 775          
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol R 3,735 - R 4,521 18++        
Angélus Saint-Émilion R 4,982 - R 6,031 18        
Barde-Haut Saint-Émilion R 385 - R 466          
Canon   Saint-Émilion R 1,547 - R 1,873 17.5        
Cheval Blanc Saint-Émilion R 8,014 - R 9,701 17        
Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion R 1,430 - R 1,731 17        
Figeac Saint-Émilion R 2,712 - R 3,283 17.5+        
Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion R 579 - R 700 17        
Fonbel Saint-Émilion R 286 - R 346 16        
Fonplégade Saint-Émilion R 576 - R 697 17        
Larcis Ducasse Saint-Émilion R 987 - R 1,195 16++        
Laroque Saint-Émilion R 364 - R 440 16.5+     94-95  
Le Dragon de Quintus Saint-Émilion R 478 - R 579 16     92-93  
Pavie Saint-Émilion R 5,198 - R 6,293 18        
Pavie Macquin Saint-Émilion R 1,040 - R 1,259 16.5+        
Troplong Mondot Saint-Émilion R 1,334 - R 1,615 17++        
Capbern Saint-Estèphe R 312 - R 378 17        
Calon-Ségur Saint-Estèphe R 1,352 - R 1,636 18        
Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe R 2,383 - R 2,884 18.5     97-98  
Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 560 - R 678 16.5        
Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe R 610 - R 739 17        
Les Ormes de Pez Saint-Estèphe R 364 - R 440 16.5        
Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estèphe R 650 - R 787 17     93-94  
Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 2,134 - R 2,583 18+        
Phélan Ségur Saint-Estèphe R 587 - R 710 15.5        
Beychevelle Saint-Julien R 1,144 - R 1,384 16        
Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien R 611 - R 739 15.5        
Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien R 720 - R 872          
Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien R 2,534 - R 3,068          
Gloria Saint-Julien R 534 - R 646 17        
Lagrange Saint-Julien R 654 - R 791 16        
Langoa Barton Saint-Julien R 627 - R 759 17        
Léoville Barton Saint-Julien R 1,147 - R 1,389 18        
Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien R 1,066 - R 1,290 17.5+        
Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien R 3,068 - R 3,714          
Petit Lion Saint-Julien R 774 - R 936          
Saint-Pierre Saint-Julien R 747 - R 904 16.5        
Coutet Sauternes 375ml R 286 - R 346          
Doisy-Daëne Sauternes 375ml R 260 - R 315          
Suduiraut Sauternes 375ml R 387 - R 468          
 
  • * If a price range is indicated then the price has not been released and is only an estimated range of the potential price.
  • Payment is required on invoice.
  • Prices are stated in Rand/bottle en-primeur, excluding shipping costs (approx R50/bottle) and VAT, payable on landing in 2023.
  • A minimum order of 6 bottles per wine. First Growths are available in cases of 3.
  • All wines are bottled as 750ml unless indicated otherwise. Other formats are available on request.
  • JR – JancisRobinson.com, DEC – Decanter, WA – Wine Advocate, JS – James Suckling, NM – Neal Martin

 

Bordeaux 2020 vintage overview

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019 en-primeur campaign was surrounded with uncertainty and doubt. However, a more proactive approach has been taken with the 2020 vintage, including scheduled tastings that concluded at the end of April.

The vintage:

2020 followed the pattern of the 2018 and 2019 vintages with very wet conditions up until June, followed by a dry, warm summer to the end of September. Owner of Château Angélus, Hubert de Boüard, writes, 'from November (2019) to June (2020) it was rain, rain, rain, rain and finally we got in 7 months more than 1 year’s rain.' The warm, dry summer had some producers noting heat-waves. From the end of September, a period of rain set in again, forcing some later-ripening Cabernets to be monitored carefully. However, some well-timed rain offered relief to the heat-ridden vines.

In a video call with James Suckling, legendary Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland spoke of his confidence in the quality of the 2020 vintage. Noting that the Bordelais always call the last vintage great, Michel said how tasting early samples had confirmed his first impressions about the quality. Comparisons are already being made to the three consecutive great vintages of 1988, 1989 and 1990. However, Hubert de Boüard reckons 2020 is better than 1990 in that sense.

The 2020 vintage seems to have brought out the real terroir Right Bank with less 'winemaking artifice' according to Jancis Robinson. 'Indeed, I have found myself falling back in love with St-Émilion,’ Jancis writes, ‘the wines are so much fresher and more expressive than they used to be.' She echoes the sentiments of others that 2020 appear to be a year for the Merlots of the Right Bank. However, considering the level of technology employed in Bordeaux, châteaux on the Left Bank would have been sure to select only the best quality grapes for their top wines.

Scores:

Unlike previous vintages, the release date and prices are not dictated by any one critic's score. There is a basket of critics that are used to assess the vintage and wines, which is healthier for the consumer. We suggest aligning yourself with the critic who appreciates the same wines you do. Read their notes and make sure the wine is made in a style that you enjoy. Due to Covid-19, not all critics had reviewed the wines on release and we will add them as they are released.

The prices:

Wine Cellar is offering similar pricing to the UK market at the current Rand exchange rate. Much like buying on any Bordeaux campaign, your position on the Rand could be a deciding factor. With a long-term trend of depreciation, buying en-primeur has offered the best possible prices for buying Bordeaux in Rands over the last 20 years. Pricing for the 2020 releases are still not firm, but a stronger Rand (compared to last year) could result in better prices in local terms.

What to buy?

Wine Cellar has selected the finest and most popular 100-odd châteaux based on 2 decades of en-primeur sales. We can, however, source wines from almost all the châteaux that sell through the campaign on customer requests. Some properties, such as Latour, choose not to participate.

We also offer buying advice and can suggest a basket of wines based on your particular style and budget. Sign up to our en-primeur newsletter.

Should I buy?

The big question is: Should you buy? We have analysed 10 of our most popular châteaux from the 2005 campaign, and compared en-primeur to current retail prices. 2005 showed a 280% growth in Rand price – or a 10% annualised saving since 2006. While a fair portion of the gain is Rand depreciation, as well as higher retail versus en-primeur mark-ups, there was still sizable growth in price from en-primeur to release, through to maturity.

En-primeur enables you to buy all châteaux with 1 invoice in various bottle formats and case sizes at highly competitive prices. So, if the Rand stays fairly constant or depreciates further, en-primeur is the cheapest way to buy Bordeaux in SA.

How to order?

Subscribe to our en-primeur mailing list and respond to one of our Bordeaux en-primeur newsletters, or you can order via email or phone while stocks are available. Alternatively, you can send through your wish list at any time.

 

Terms and conditions

  • Wines are sold in Rands only at the current Rand/Euro exchange rate.
  • Wines are sold exclusive of VAT and shipping.
  • Payment is required on invoice via EFT on presentation of the invoice. Credit card payments carry a 2.5% surcharge.
  • Shipping (estimated at R50 per bottle) and VAT are payable when the wines land in South Africa in mid-2023.
  • Unless otherwise stated, bottles are in standard 750ml format. Please note that 375ml, 1500ml and 3000ml bottles carry a small surcharge.
  • Cases are available in 6 x 750ml, 12 x 750ml, 12 x 375ml, 24 x 375ml or 6 x 1500ml sizes.
  • Orders must be placed by email to johan@winecellar.co.za
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