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 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2020 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Release date: 23/6/2021

A ton of dark fruits on offer in the form of cassis, bilberry, blackcurrant, brambles of blackberry and raspberry, a ton of spice and sinew. Bitter almond and chocolate notes come in on the finishA ton of dark fruits on offer in the form of cassis, bilberry, blackcurrant, brambles of blackberry and raspberry, a ton of spice and sinew. Bitter almond and chocolate notes come in on the finish and add to the feel of a signature Dame de Montrose. Not the exoticism of 2018, this is more of a return to classicism, closer to the 2019 or 2016. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of around 29hl/ha. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 23/6/2021

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)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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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

Release date: 21/6/2021

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is very easy to like. Silky tannins and pretty, lifted aromatics play off a core of supple fruit. In most vintages, the Pagodes is perhaps a bit more exuberant. I amThe 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is very easy to like. Silky tannins and pretty, lifted aromatics play off a core of supple fruit. In most vintages, the Pagodes is perhaps a bit more exuberant. I am curious to see what things look like once the 2020 is in bottle. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 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

Release date: 21/6/2021

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 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

2020 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

Release date: 17/6/2021

This is spicy and juicy with blackberry, bark and some spices. Full and chewy. Flavorful finish. Some lead pencil and iodine. Second wine of Calon.This is spicy and juicy with blackberry, bark and some spices. Full and chewy. Flavorful finish. Some lead pencil and iodine. Second wine of Calon. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

Release date: 17/6/2021

This is really solid and powerful with lots of tannins and blue fruit. Spicy. Full and chewy. A little coarse now, but will improve with barrel aging.This is really solid and powerful with lots of tannins and blue fruit. Spicy. Full and chewy. A little coarse now, but will improve with barrel aging. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 17/6/2021

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)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2020 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 11/6/2021

The deep garnet-purple colored 2020 le Crock comes skipping out of the glass with carefree scents of fresh blackberries, black raspberries and redcurrant jelly, with touches of dried Provence herbsThe deep garnet-purple colored 2020 le Crock comes skipping out of the glass with carefree scents of fresh blackberries, black raspberries and redcurrant jelly, with touches of dried Provence herbs and Sichuan pepper. The medium-bodied palate has appealing energy and freshness with a fine-grained frame supporting the taut black fruit, finishing with an herbal lift. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR 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

This is a chewy, ripe and power-packed Ormes de Pez and it already looks complete and also balanced. The fruit is bold and juicy and both the oak and the tannins sit back and allow the blackberryThis is a chewy, ripe and power-packed Ormes de Pez and it already looks complete and also balanced. The fruit is bold and juicy and both the oak and the tannins sit back and allow the blackberry notes to charm one’s senses. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 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

The 2020 Le Boscq is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, charcoal, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. This juicy, succulent Saint-Estèphe will drink wellThe 2020 Le Boscq is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, charcoal, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. This juicy, succulent Saint-Estèphe will drink well right away. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.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)
L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

2020 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

Release date: 20/5/2021

Extremely drinkable and very easy to recommend. The tannins are already showing elasticity and a sense of embracing the fruit without constricting it. No need to wait too long - give it two or threeExtremely drinkable and very easy to recommend. The tannins are already showing elasticity and a sense of embracing the fruit without constricting it. No need to wait too long - give it two or three years to soften further, and then enjoy for the next decade. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 45% new oak. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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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%.)
L&S (May 2021)

75cl bottles, case of 6

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