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

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Pronounced fruit and freshness with finely matted, powdery tannins that provide elegance and a suavity of texture. Aromatic75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Pronounced fruit and freshness with finely matted, powdery tannins that provide elegance and a suavity of texture. Aromatic and juicy on the finish. Medium to long ageing potential. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 17+ James Lawther MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 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

There is a touch of unripeness here and there is a grainy, tight feel throughout this wine. It is a touch too sour and I cannot see this evening out given time. Having said this, the perfume isThere is a touch of unripeness here and there is a grainy, tight feel throughout this wine. It is a touch too sour and I cannot see this evening out given time. Having said this, the perfume is pretty attractive, but this wine is a bit too much of a gamble in my opinion. Rating: 16+? Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.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

Tight berry fruits from the first nose, blackberry and bilberry. An impressive Baron de Brane with concentration and poise, juice through the finish and careful extraction so that the plentifulTight berry fruits from the first nose, blackberry and bilberry. An impressive Baron de Brane with concentration and poise, juice through the finish and careful extraction so that the plentiful tannins are not intrusive. Good stuff, if austere. Another wine where the word classic seems to work. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter (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

What really impresses here is the tannin framework, which displays refinement and power at the same time. It’s full, yet very polished, racy and long. Loads of blackberries and walnuts with crushedWhat really impresses here is the tannin framework, which displays refinement and power at the same time. It’s full, yet very polished, racy and long. Loads of blackberries and walnuts with crushed grapes. 88% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 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

This is another Margaux that seems to be built around a core of charry oak and tannin as opposed to ripe fruit. Unfortunately, I cannot see this wine balancing out in the future.This is another Margaux that seems to be built around a core of charry oak and tannin as opposed to ripe fruit. Unfortunately, I cannot see this wine balancing out in the future. Rating: 16+? Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 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

Lots of blackberry and currant on the nose and palate, as well as tar. Really spicy. Full-bodied and very juicy. 45% cabernet sauvignon and 32% merlot with 23% petit verdot, which is more thanLots of blackberry and currant on the nose and palate, as well as tar. Really spicy. Full-bodied and very juicy. 45% cabernet sauvignon and 32% merlot with 23% petit verdot, which is more than normal. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 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 du Tertre is bold and punchy, with an enticing mix of inky dark fruit and more savory, earthy tones. All the elements are so nicely integrated. The tannins are a bit burly, as is often theThe 2020 du Tertre is bold and punchy, with an enticing mix of inky dark fruit and more savory, earthy tones. All the elements are so nicely integrated. The tannins are a bit burly, as is often the case, and yet the 2020 appears to have enough fruit to provide at least some balance. Scorched earth, licorice, tobacco and game linger on the potent finish. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 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

Lots of meaty red and black fruits, scorched earth, leather, and background oak dominate the nose of the 2020 Château Marquis De Terme. A medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, beautifully pureLots of meaty red and black fruits, scorched earth, leather, and background oak dominate the nose of the 2020 Château Marquis De Terme. A medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, beautifully pure Margaux, it has impressive tannins and the class to benefit from at least 3-5 years of bottle age and keep for over two decades. Rating: 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 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

The 2020 Monbrison is a beautiful wine. Savory and pungent in the glass, the 2020 exudes terrific aromatic intensity, with plenty of floral, spice, black pepper and dried herbs. The 2020 is vibrantThe 2020 Monbrison is a beautiful wine. Savory and pungent in the glass, the 2020 exudes terrific aromatic intensity, with plenty of floral, spice, black pepper and dried herbs. The 2020 is vibrant and maybe just a bit firm, but not in an unpleasant way. Monbrison is a wine that demands the taster's attention. It certainly has mine. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050 Rating: 92-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.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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