Saint Estèphe

Nature was quite generous to us in this vintage, and allowed us to craft a wine that is really the quintessential expression of our terroir, with a prodigious balance and harmony… In the end, this 2020 vintage gave us wines that are extremely complex, with a quality of tannins and a gentle acidity typical of warm vintages, combined with an energy, a fruit expression and balance typical of cooler vintages. Dominique Arangoïts, Directeur Technique, Cos d’Estournel.

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2020 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 11/6/2021

With a typically lush Le Crock perfume, this wine announces itself without wasting a second by flooding the senses with bright, ripe, juicy black fruit tones. The oak detail brings a savoury andWith a typically lush Le Crock perfume, this wine announces itself without wasting a second by flooding the senses with bright, ripe, juicy black fruit tones. The oak detail brings a savoury and spicy element to the experience and the finish is tart, crisp and nicely balanced. It is not the longest wine but it is superbly balanced and you are left with a feeling of completeness. This is a classic expression of this estate and it is clear that ripeness and poise have been consummately achieved. There is no doubt that this will drink fairly young but hold well into the medium term such is the energy and finesse of the tannins. Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 9/6/2021

The austerity to the tannins works in this wine's favour giving a juicy grip to the concentrated blackcurrant and bilberry fruits without strangling them. Excellent stuff, finishing up with liquoriceThe austerity to the tannins works in this wine's favour giving a juicy grip to the concentrated blackcurrant and bilberry fruits without strangling them. Excellent stuff, finishing up with liquorice and smoked coffee bean. This is an estate that has just powered to better and better wines over the past few years. Yields were 10% below the average of the past five years but still at 40hl/ha. Harvest September 16 through to October 1, finishing around 10 days earlier than the past two years. Consultants Michel Rolland and Julien Viaud. First vintage with Petit Verdot included in the main wine (2%), from vines planted in 2013. Tasted twice. Drinking range: 2026 - 2042 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/6/2021

Bright and easy at first glance. As you hold the wine in your mouth it opens up to show gently generous black-currants some kirsch and lovely ripe blackberry fruit. Spicy too and with a lovely gentleBright and easy at first glance. As you hold the wine in your mouth it opens up to show gently generous black-currants some kirsch and lovely ripe blackberry fruit. Spicy too and with a lovely gentle brightness. This graceful, pure feel and light touch underplay the serious potential here. Quite striking in 2020 this delicious Meyney will delight for many years. Rating: 0 L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 3/6/2021

54% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Merlot harvest began on 15 September, nine days earlier than in 2019, and continued until 20 September. The Cabernet Franc and54% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Merlot harvest began on 15 September, nine days earlier than in 2019, and continued until 20 September. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were harvested on 21 and 22 September, respectively. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked from 20 to 28 September. 16 months' ageing in barriques (45% new) envisaged. Dark crimson, but much paler than the Pauillacs from this Cazes stable. Aromatic and medium concentration of fruit with some stoniness on the palate. Marked tannins and acidity but nothing excessive. Classic St-Estèphe. Cool fruit and freshness. Very dry finish. I should imagine that this will be far from the most opulent wine of the appellation but it's very sincere and correct and I like the menthol-fresh finish. 13.2% Drinking range: 2029 - 2047 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 1/6/2021

55 Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 Merlot, 6 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot | 30% new oak for 12 months Le Boscq is rather angular and sinewy in 2020 with hints of lush fruit, but the tannins are definitely55 Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 Merlot, 6 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot | 30% new oak for 12 months Le Boscq is rather angular and sinewy in 2020 with hints of lush fruit, but the tannins are definitely in control here. There is a deep sense of Saint-Estèphe minerality here and it gives this wine a powerful stance even though the fruit is not particularly robust. It will certainly take at least a decade for this vintage to mellow. Rating: 16.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 20/5/2021

2020 marks the 60th year of Tesseron family ownership here and is a celebrated release. It also is the first time that 2 of Bordeaux's most famous consultants have worked together on a wine - with2020 marks the 60th year of Tesseron family ownership here and is a celebrated release. It also is the first time that 2 of Bordeaux's most famous consultants have worked together on a wine - with Jean-Claude Berrouet and Eric Boissenot collaborating on the blend with Basile Tesseron.
The nose here is floral and attractive. Really draws you in. Bright and energetic attack. Really good. Glossy, but still pretty fruit. There is great underlying weight and intensity that adds a serious feel after the more gentle and inviting opening. Basile Tesseron is rightfully delighted with this release rating it as possibly the estate’s best ever. It marks a significant step in Lafon Rochet’s evolution, as he embraces ever greener credentials with huge developments in the estate's farming practices and bio-diversity. Their organic certification starts this year. Basile is trying to make a real difference to this land and the resulting wines are proving this approach to be most wise! (Release volumes is down 50% on a normal vintage)
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2020 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 11/5/2021

Lovely impact. Broad sweep on the palate, with good density. Really sweet red fruits and very charming. Such a well composed feel in the mouth. Satisfying weight of fruit plums and rich red flesh.Lovely impact. Broad sweep on the palate, with good density. Really sweet red fruits and very charming. Such a well composed feel in the mouth. Satisfying weight of fruit plums and rich red flesh. There is no over extraction - no hard lines, just a very lovely bottle of smart Bordeaux. The sheen of the Lorenzetti name and investment is clear in this release. A polished and impressive 2020.
Recommended as one for the cellar - this will be a treat to unearth in 10 years time.
The improved quality of the wine here is going hand in hand with their increased drive for sustainability and organic farming. This year lighter-weight bottles and cardboard cases are new developments in their fight to limit their impact on the environment. Bravo! (Merlot 59%, Cabernet sauvignon 37%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 1%.)
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2020 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Market Insight: With its unquestionable rise to desirability, Calon got the pricing really right in 2019. Let's hope for a repeat this year, with quaity to follow.Market Insight: With its unquestionable rise to desirability, Calon got the pricing really right in 2019. Let's hope for a repeat this year, with quaity to follow.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

The 2020 Capbern is a potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. Huge, muscular tannins give the 2020 its imposing personality. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, espresso, cured meats and dark spice all open with aThe 2020 Capbern is a potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. Huge, muscular tannins give the 2020 its imposing personality. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, espresso, cured meats and dark spice all open with a bit of coaxing. In 2020, Capbern is a brute. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Market Insight: Guess what? Yeah, it's pretty good value for a Bordeaux blend… The 2019 might hit 100 points, but that'll only put it up to £850/6 (the 2016 price) and if it doesn't, the 10 yearMarket Insight: Guess what? Yeah, it's pretty good value for a Bordeaux blend… The 2019 might hit 100 points, but that'll only put it up to £850/6 (the 2016 price) and if it doesn't, the 10 year ceiling looks to be £1,000. Even if it does get the full 100, £1,200 seems likely. I would really like to see them dial back a touch to bring themselves in line with the Pichons.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

Impressive jammy red and blue fruits, candied violets, and tobacco notes all emerge from the 2020 Château De Pez, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a beautifully textured, silky mouthfeel, theImpressive jammy red and blue fruits, candied violets, and tobacco notes all emerge from the 2020 Château De Pez, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a beautifully textured, silky mouthfeel, the ripe yet firm, polished tannins of the vintage, and a great finish. I love its purity as well as its length, and it will certainly be an outstanding, age-worthy Saint-Estèphe. Tasted twice. Rating: 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Market Insight: I would like to applaud Montrose for fair pricing in 2019, but we don't have a score. I really hope it hits the 98-100 and it will then have been a card well played, but it remains toMarket Insight: I would like to applaud Montrose for fair pricing in 2019, but we don't have a score. I really hope it hits the 98-100 and it will then have been a card well played, but it remains to be shown. If 2020 is the same quality as 2018, then this will be a favourable range to consider.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2020 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Lithe and fruit-driven with dark-fruit, mint and herbal notes. Tannins finely etched. Nothing forced. Natural49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Lithe and fruit-driven with dark-fruit, mint and herbal notes. Tannins finely etched. Nothing forced. Natural feel and flavour. Clean, dry finish. Drinking range: 2026 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 James Lawther MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

2020 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

The 2020 Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur offers blackberry, briary, brown spices and undergrowth on its backward nose that demanded 30 minutes in the glass to really open. The palate is medium-bodied withThe 2020 Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur offers blackberry, briary, brown spices and undergrowth on its backward nose that demanded 30 minutes in the glass to really open. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly angular opening. There is good acidity here, with a touch of herbaceousness developing on the finish that is a little abrupt. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

2020 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos has a well-defined, almost Graves-like bouquet of a mélange of red and black fruit: punnets of freshly picked strawberries and raspberried, and blackberries followingThe 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos has a well-defined, almost Graves-like bouquet of a mélange of red and black fruit: punnets of freshly picked strawberries and raspberried, and blackberries following later. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins. This Les Pagodes has a smooth veneer, just a faint wisp of dark chocolate and espresso infusing the predominantly red fruit. A second wine that will probably drink well after one or two years in bottle. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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