Margaux

'The style of 2020 is therefore less like the concentrated wine of 2018 and resembles more the balanced and unctuous style of the 2019 vintage, but with greater intensity. The 2029/2020 pair reminds us of the 2009/2010 pair... nothing was able to prevent 2020 from being a great vintage. Combined with 2018 and 2019, this is perhaps the first trio of exceptional vintages in our history. Time will tell...' Philippe Bascoules, General Manager, Château Margaux.

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2020 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 22/6/2021

Market Insight: One of the mysterious unscored set. 2019 Palmer, it was whispered, was better than Chateau Margaux and the 2018 has given us a very clear idea of what people are prepared to pay forMarket Insight: One of the mysterious unscored set. 2019 Palmer, it was whispered, was better than Chateau Margaux and the 2018 has given us a very clear idea of what people are prepared to pay for one which has 100 points. Mysteries abound, but if this nets a 98-100 range, it could well reach £2,000/6.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

2020 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

Release date: 22/6/2021

Market Insight: With the 2018 and 2016 already making their way to the £2,800 mark, the quality has been maintained in 2020 so this is a solid price range, although the closer it can err towardMarket Insight: With the 2018 and 2016 already making their way to the £2,800 mark, the quality has been maintained in 2020 so this is a solid price range, although the closer it can err toward £2,000, the better.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

2020 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

Release date: 22/6/2021

The 2020 Pavillon Rouge is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The alcohol weighs in at 13.6%. Deep purple-black in color, the nose slowly unfurlsThe 2020 Pavillon Rouge is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The alcohol weighs in at 13.6%. Deep purple-black in color, the nose slowly unfurls to reveal gorgeous floral notes of lilacs and red roses, leading to a core of blackcurrant cordial, Morello cherries and minted blackberries, plus wafts of crushed rocks, forest floor and tilled loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is a mouthful of pure vinous seduction, slowly releasing layers of perfumed black fruits and mineral accents within a frame of achingly plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and a whole array of fragrant earth sparks. Drinking range: 2025 - 2043 Rating: 92-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 16/6/2021

Market Insight: With 95-97 points from TWA, this is the highest score for Malescot yet and is just below recent release in terms of price. Looking at the 2010, the appreciation on offer is alreadyMarket Insight: With 95-97 points from TWA, this is the highest score for Malescot yet and is just below recent release in terms of price. Looking at the 2010, the appreciation on offer is already very appealing, but with the quality taking a poke at the likes of Rauzan Segla, who knows how high this will go.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 15/6/2021

Market Insight: Château d'Issan had their best scores yet in 2019 and their wine still seems generally underpriced. In 2020, if we hope for the scame score, I think we can only allow for the sameMarket Insight: Château d'Issan had their best scores yet in 2019 and their wine still seems generally underpriced. In 2020, if we hope for the scame score, I think we can only allow for the same price, or even a bit higher, as the 2018 now sits at £250/6.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

2020 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

Release date: 15/6/2021

The 2020 Blason d'Issan is plump, juicy and easy to like. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice and lavender meld together in this attractive, open-knit second wine from Issan.The 2020 Blason d'Issan is plump, juicy and easy to like. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice and lavender meld together in this attractive, open-knit second wine from Issan. Blason is built on a core of young-vine Merlot, plus Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2020 a touch of Petit Verdot for the first time. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

2020 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

Release date: 15/6/2021

The 2020 Baron de Brane has a slightly richer bouquet compared to previous recent vintages, offering generous blackberry, raspberry and cedar scents, and just a touch of clove with aeration. TheThe 2020 Baron de Brane has a slightly richer bouquet compared to previous recent vintages, offering generous blackberry, raspberry and cedar scents, and just a touch of clove with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with strict tannins on the entry, a little angular at first but very fresh, demonstrating impressive tension. Touches of graphite come through on the finish of this fine, classically styled Deuxième Vin. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 14/6/2021

Market Insight: Another Margaux receiving a significantly higher score than usual in 2019, there's not much to compare it to qualitatively. In 2020, if it keeps up the run, then this range will be aMarket Insight: Another Margaux receiving a significantly higher score than usual in 2019, there's not much to compare it to qualitatively. In 2020, if it keeps up the run, then this range will be a very price to stump up for something of such quality.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 14/6/2021

With sappy oak which rather swamps the fruit, it is quite hard to appreciate this wine right now. The fruit seems ripe but it is foreshortened by the oak and this brings with it tannins which combineWith sappy oak which rather swamps the fruit, it is quite hard to appreciate this wine right now. The fruit seems ripe but it is foreshortened by the oak and this brings with it tannins which combine with the fruit tannins and dry everything out. I am unsure about this wine and so therefore I am giving it a defensive score and will adjust this when I have a second chance to taste this wine. Rating: 17+? Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 10/6/2021

Market Insight: Rauzan Segla's 2019 remains one of the few wines unscored by major critics and the price, therefore, has remained stuck in the mud. It seems likely to float up to £400/6 when it doesMarket Insight: Rauzan Segla's 2019 remains one of the few wines unscored by major critics and the price, therefore, has remained stuck in the mud. It seems likely to float up to £400/6 when it does and continue from there as the newfound reputation for quality solidifies. L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN 3ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 8/6/2021

Lovely line of polished black fruit - crunchy cassis berries too. Suave and moreish. Nicely balanced between fruit weight, and power. This draws you in with delicate beauty and holds your attentionLovely line of polished black fruit - crunchy cassis berries too. Suave and moreish. Nicely balanced between fruit weight, and power. This draws you in with delicate beauty and holds your attention with gentle grip. Such juicy tannins and sophisticated power, pep and lift abound This 2020 has it all. Best ever? We think so.
Market Insight: In contention for best score ever in 2019, the price here is about as fair as one can expect. 94-96 point claret, Cantenac Brown is usually on the fuller more exotic side, but a really shrewd buy for cellar filling if it's in this bracket and the quality stays the same. It will likely cost you twice the sum when it hits maturity.
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2020 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

2020 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

Release date: 7/6/2021

Chocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose, it's a vintage where you can't get away from the tannins, but here they have sinew and juice, like the best translation of the tannins in theChocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose, it's a vintage where you can't get away from the tannins, but here they have sinew and juice, like the best translation of the tannins in the year. This has real purity of fruit (very low SO2 addition at Palmer), together with the gourmet touch that you want in Alter Ego. 45% of overall production. 3.73pH. Survived mildew better than in 2018 because of experience in dealing with the conditions. August 15 to 29 for the harvest. A yield of 31hl/ha. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2021

Full-bodied with layers of bark, black tea and intense blackberry and earth. Iodine, too. It’s powerful, chewy and focused. 68% cabernet, 27% merlot, 3% petite verdot and 2% cabernet franc. FromFull-bodied with layers of bark, black tea and intense blackberry and earth. Iodine, too. It’s powerful, chewy and focused. 68% cabernet, 27% merlot, 3% petite verdot and 2% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 31/5/2021

The 2020 La Gurgue is a rich, luscious wine deeply informed by tiny yields of 16 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 35-40 or so. Plush, silky and voluptuous, the 2020 impresses right out of theThe 2020 La Gurgue is a rich, luscious wine deeply informed by tiny yields of 16 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 35-40 or so. Plush, silky and voluptuous, the 2020 impresses right out of the gate. Rich red berry fruit, blood orange, pomegranate and spice build effortlessly in the glass. The 2020 has more Petit Verdot in the blend because of shatter in the Cabernet and Merlot. Aging is in 40% new oak, 40% concrete eggs and 20% new oak. It's a sleeper in this vintage. Drinking range: 2028 - 2048 Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 31/5/2021

Unfortunately, this wine is dried out, sour and hard and ripeness has not been achieved here. The fruit, oak, tannin and astringency are all at odds with each otherUnfortunately, this wine is dried out, sour and hard and ripeness has not been achieved here. The fruit, oak, tannin and astringency are all at odds with each other Rating: 15+? Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 27/5/2021

The 2020 Château du Tertre has a slightly herbaceous nose, a trait that I have noticed on recent vintages; I find it a little jarring. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, but again, IThe 2020 Château du Tertre has a slightly herbaceous nose, a trait that I have noticed on recent vintages; I find it a little jarring. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, but again, I perceive some herbaceousness in this vintage, plus some attenuation toward the gritty finish. I’m not quite sure where this will go once in bottle. Drinking range: 2024 - 2048 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 26/5/2021

Extracted and dark and loaded with correspondingly aggressive tannins, this is a sour wine and one which is all but impossible to appreciate. The oak is all-dominant, too, and while it seems like itExtracted and dark and loaded with correspondingly aggressive tannins, this is a sour wine and one which is all but impossible to appreciate. The oak is all-dominant, too, and while it seems like it is built for the long run, the fruit will not be up to this challenge. Rating: 15.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 26/5/2021

The ruby/purple-hued 2020 Château Prieure-Lichine offers a medium to full-bodied, plush, layered style that carries beautiful red and blue fruits, notes of sandalwood and flowery incense, outstandingThe ruby/purple-hued 2020 Château Prieure-Lichine offers a medium to full-bodied, plush, layered style that carries beautiful red and blue fruits, notes of sandalwood and flowery incense, outstanding overall balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Rating: 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 26/5/2021

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 7 % Petit Verdot 14 % vol. PH 3.64. 33 hl/ha. Picked September 14th to 25th.51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 7 % Petit Verdot 14 % vol. PH 3.64. 33 hl/ha. Picked September 14th to 25th.L&S (Apr 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 25/5/2021

While the finish is dry and savoury, there is some nice fruit ripeness here and I welcome the red and black tones and also the fact that the oak is not too coarse. The main issue is the extractionWhile the finish is dry and savoury, there is some nice fruit ripeness here and I welcome the red and black tones and also the fact that the oak is not too coarse. The main issue is the extraction and the tannins which seem to be too severe for the fruit. Only time will tell, but I would bet that this wine will even out in time. Rating: 16+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/5/2021

Really good nose. Leads to the palate which is just so well balanced. Poised and a good, satisfying feel. Well loaded with a smoothly-framed concentration of dark berries and luscious black fruitedReally good nose. Leads to the palate which is just so well balanced. Poised and a good, satisfying feel. Well loaded with a smoothly-framed concentration of dark berries and luscious black fruited broth. Aromatics are more high-toned - adding a nice lifted feel. There is a sense of grandeur somehow from the length and breadth here. Classy Margaux that will give great pleasure for 10-15 years. Thankfully this is once again very fairly priced with no rise from last year. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 17/5/2021

63 % Cabernet-Sauvignon 30 % Merlot 5 % Petit Verdot 2 % Cabernet-Franc63 % Cabernet-Sauvignon 30 % Merlot 5 % Petit Verdot 2 % Cabernet-FrancL&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU ANGLUDET Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU ANGLUDET Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 12/5/2021

Deeply inviting nose is almost pure 'Ribena' fruit. This soft and delicately framed, fruit-led hit follows to the palate. Fruit expression certainly more clear following the family's decision toDeeply inviting nose is almost pure 'Ribena' fruit. This soft and delicately framed, fruit-led hit follows to the palate. Fruit expression certainly more clear following the family's decision to ferment in concrete and then age 30% in amphorae, with only 30% getting the full New Oak treatment. Nicely ripe but no heaviness this is loaded with charm and plush florality. Red and dark berries, warm from the sunshine. Good flow, good feel and density too - but this is not overly complicated. A charming sweet vein at its core runs right to the end, This seems almost ready to drink, but in fact there's enough stuffing to see it lasting well for 10 to 15 years - a very joyful glass, there is good volume too. Merlot 42%, Cabernet Sauvignon 46% and Petit Verdot 12%.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2020 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

30HL/HA compared to 51 HL/HA last year. Spicy. Lots of toast and baked spice. Serious early feel. Lots of concentration. Clean, mineral line here. Nice restraint. Not as overly polished as sometimes30HL/HA compared to 51 HL/HA last year. Spicy. Lots of toast and baked spice. Serious early feel. Lots of concentration. Clean, mineral line here. Nice restraint. Not as overly polished as sometimes here on first glance. The tannins are beautifully precise though and super fine. Really good - but more bite and serious feel than some years up front. A gorgeous compote of zippy red berries and more soft fleshed plum and red cherries in the background too. There is energy and push. So positive. Complex and layered with lovely intensity - quite tightly furled for Brane at this stage, but full of class. Some savour, some chalky bite - very impressive.
Market Insight: What we've dubbed the 'Leoville Barton of Margaux', Brane is wonderfully restrained and requires a good time in the cellar. For the price tag, for a high scoring second growth, it sticks out like a sore thumb for value. Patience is also rewarded price wise, with vintage like the 2010 over £420/6.
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2020 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2020 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Cask sample. Fresh and aromatic with citrus and pear notes and a brush-stroke of vanilla oak that adds an extra tone. Appealing depth, texture and weight and everything in100% Sauvignon Blanc. Cask sample. Fresh and aromatic with citrus and pear notes and a brush-stroke of vanilla oak that adds an extra tone. Appealing depth, texture and weight and everything in balance. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 17+ James Lawther MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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