Bordeaux en-primeur

Wine Cellar will be offering a large basket of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage en-primeur. As prices are released by the negociants, we will update the table below. Please read our Bordeaux en-primeur terms and conditions and send any orders and enquiries to johan@winecellar.co.za

Wine Appellation  Rand /bottle* WA   
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Aile d'Argent Bordeaux Blanc R 1,254 - R 1,518 93-95+ 91-93      
Blanc de Lynch-Bages Bordeaux Blanc R 608 90-92 89      
Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc R 150       92-93  
Puygueraud Côtes de Francs R 196 89-91 89-91      
Montlandrie Côtes de Castillon R 317 92-94 88-90 93 92-93 16.5
Canon Pecresse Fronsac R 271          
La Dauphine Fronsac R 264 90-92 91-93 93 92-93 16.5
La Vieille Cure Fronsac R 304          
Les Trois Croix Fronsac R 256   92-94      
Cantemerle Haut-Médoc R 380 89-90 86-88 93   16+
La Lagune Haut-Médoc R 558 92-94 91-93 93   16.5
Lanessan Haut-Médoc R 207   90-92      
Sénéjac Haut-Médoc R 216 84-86 87-89      
Les Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol R 375 91-93 90-92   92-93 16+
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux S/O     93   17+
Brane-Cantenac Margaux S/O 91-93 95-97 94 96-97 17
d'Issan Margaux R 887 93-95 93-95 96 93-94 17.5
du Tertre Margaux R 570 87-89 87-89 93 94-95 17+
La Tour de Mons Margaux R 279   91-93      
Labegorce Margaux R 406 89-91 91-93 93   16.5
Lascombes Margaux R 1,039 92-94 88-90 92   15.5
Malescot Saint-Exupéry Margaux S/O 95-97 94-96 92   16
Margaux Margaux R 7,469 - R 9,042 97-99 97-99 99   19
Palmer Margaux R 3,487 - R 4,221     97   18+
Rauzan-Ségla Margaux S/O 96-98+ 95-97 96   17.5
Siran Margaux R 431 90-92 92-94 93   16
Fourcas Dupré Médoc R 199 90-92 91-93      
Potensac Médoc R 342 88-90 90-92 92    
Branas Grand Poujeaux Moulis S/O   91-93   92-93  
Mauvesin Barton Moulis R 226          
Clerc Milon Pauillac S/O 92-94 91-93 94 95-96 17.5
d'Armailhac Pauillac R 684 90-92 92-94 96   16.5
Duhart Milon Pauillac R 1,161 91-93 90-92 97 95-96 17.5
Grand-Puy Ducasse Pauillac R 507 87-89 92-94   94-95  
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac R 1,064 91-93 95-97 93   17.5
Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac S/O     95   17
Haut-Batailley Pauillac R 836 92-94 92-94 95   17
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac S/O 96-98 96-98 91 99-100 19
Le Petit Mouton Pauillac R 2,989 - R 3,618 91-93 92-94 93 97-98 17.5
Lynch-Bages Pauillac R 1,838 94-96 94-96 97   17++
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac R 6,173 - R 7,473 97-99 96-98 93 99-100 18.5
Pichon Baron Pauillac R 2,331 95-97+ 95-97 96   18
Pichon Lalande Pauillac R 2,786 95-97 96-98 98   18
Pontet-Canet Pauillac R 1,571 96-98+   96 98-99 17
Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Blanc S/O 94-96 91-93 95 96-97  
La Clarté de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Blanc R 1,200 - R 1,453 90-92 89-91   94-95 16.5+
Latour Martillac Pessac-Léognan Blanc S/O 91-93 93-95      
Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Blanc R 760 91-93 92-94 93 95-96 16.5
Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 988 95-97+ 93-95 95   17
Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 6,269 - R 7,589 98-100 96-98 96 99-100 18.5
La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 934 - R 1,130 92-94 88-90 94 93-94 16.5
La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 4,001 - R 4,844 97-99 97-99 98 97-98 18+
Latour Martillac Pessac-Léognan Rouge S/O 90-92+ 93-95      
Le Clarence Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 2,134 - R 2,583 91-93+ 91-93   96-97 17+
Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,441 - R 1,744 95-97+ 94-96 96 97-98  
Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 608 92-94 94-96 94   17
Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,318 96-98 95-97 94   16.5+
Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Rouge R 1,441 - R 1,744 98-100 95-97 97 99-100 17+
Clinet Pomerol R 1,393 96-98 94-96 95   17
Gazin Pomerol R 1,182 92-94 93-95 95   16.5
L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol R4,939 97-99 96-98 96   17.5+
La Conseillante Pomerol R 2,712 - R 3,283 97-99 96-98 94    
Le Gay Pomerol R 1,571 94-96+ 95-97 96    
Pierhem Pomerol R 418          
Rouget Pomerol R 659 88-90+ 91-93 94    
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol R 3,735 - R 4,521 98-100 96-98 93   18++
Angélus Saint-Émilion R 5,488 98-100 95-97 97 98-99 18
Barde-Haut Saint-Émilion S/O 93-95 93-95 94 95-96  
Berliquet Saint-Émilion R 739 94-96 88-90   95-96  
Canon Saint-Émilion S/O 98-100 96-98 99   17.5
Cheval Blanc Saint-Émilion S/O     99   17
Clos Fourtet Saint-Émilion R 1,430 - R 1,731 96-98 95-97     17
Figeac Saint-Émilion R 2,712 - R 3,283 96-98+ 96-98 96   17.5+
Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion R 581 93-95+ 91-93 94   17
Fonbel Saint-Émilion R 292         16
Fonplégade Saint-Émilion R 576 - R 697 93-95 91-93 95   17
La Bastienne Saint-Émilion R 132          
La Gaffelière Saint-Émilion R 1,014 96-98 96-98 95 96-97  
Larcis Ducasse Saint-Émilion S/O 96-98 94-96 97   16++
Laroque Saint-Émilion S/O 94-96 93-95 92 94-95 16.5+
Le Dragon de Quintus Saint-Émilion R 478 - R 579 90-92 90-92   92-93 16
Pavie Saint-Émilion R 5,066 97-99 95-97 97 99-100 18
Pavie Macquin Saint-Émilion R 1,040 - R 1,259 96-98 91-93 95   16.5+
Troplong Mondot Saint-Émilion R 1,520 95-97+ 94-96 97   17++
Calon-Ségur Saint-Estèphe S/O 95-97+ 92-94 98   18
Capbern Saint-Estèphe R 342 89-91+ 88-90 91   17
Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe R 2,383 - R 2,884 96-98 95-97 97 97-98 18.5
Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 560 - R 678     92   16.5
Lafon-Rochet Saint-Estèphe S/O   92-94 93 93-94 17
Les Ormes de Pez Saint-Estèphe R 393 90-92 90-92 93   16.5
Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estèphe R 650 - R 787 91-93 89-91   93-94 17
Lilian Ladouys Saint-Estèphe R 254          
Montrose Saint-Estèphe R 2,134 - R 2,583     98   18+
Phélan Ségur Saint-Estèphe R 646 90-92+ 93-95 94   15.5
Beychevelle Saint-Julien R 1,216 94-96   94   16
Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien R 659 91-93+ 92-94 93   15.5
Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien R 786 93-95 92-94      
Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien R 2,534 - R 3,068 95-97   98    
Gloria Saint-Julien S/O 92-94 93-95 92   17
Lagrange Saint-Julien R 739 94-96 93-95 93   16
Langoa Barton Saint-Julien S/O 93-95 92-94 92 93-94 17
Léoville Barton Saint-Julien S/O 93-95 94-96 94 96-97 18
Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien R 1,066 - R 1,290 95-97 95-97 96   17.5+
Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien R 3,068 - R 3,714 96-98 96-98 96   18
Petit Lion Saint-Julien R 774 - R 936 92-94 89-91     16++
Saint-Pierre Saint-Julien R 811 94-96 92-94 94   16.5
Coutet Sauternes 375ml R 279   92-94     17+
Doisy-Daëne Sauternes 375ml R 254   95-97      
Suduiraut Sauternes 375ml R 444 93-95 94-96   97-98  
Duclot Collection   R 111,150 - R 134,550          
 
  • * 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.
  • WA – Wine Advocate, NM – Neal Martin, DEC – Decanter, JS – James Suckling, JR – JancisRobinson.com
 

 

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