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Bordeaux second wines

Vintage 2020Vintage 2020

A great classic vintage

Depth, concentration and great energy are present in the 2020 vintage, which many experts consider even superior to 2018 and 2019. Seize the opportunity today to purchase a remarkable selection of second wines from top estates. Besides theses wines coming from younger vines of the same vineyards than classified grands crus, you’ll also find little gems that Bordeaux is known for and that also deserve your attention.

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  1. WA 90-92, V 94, JS 94

    "The 2019 Le Marquis de Calon, matured in 25 % new oak, sports an almost identical bouquet to the one I found out of barrel, featuring intense blackberry, iodine and pressed iris petals, albeit with more composure. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, slighly lactic entry and fine acidity, maybe not quite as "crunchy" as I recall, yet still satisfying and persistent."
  2. WA 92, WS 91, V 94, JS 97

    "The 2019 Le Petit Mouton is flat-out gorgeous. The energy, tension and delineation here are all first class. There is no doubt in my mind that in a previous era, this could have been a First Growth wine. Maybe not in a truly great vintage, but certainly in anything less than that. Bright red-toned fruit, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through the 2019, lending notable depth to play off the wine's freshness. I am every bit as excited about the Petit Mouton as I was en primeur. It is a fabulous wine in every way. Wow!"
  3. WA 91, WS 91, V 94, JS 93-94

    "The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is elegant, silky and nuanced, with terrific presence and tons of pure class. Crushed red berry fruit, mint, blood orange, rose petal and spice all build with a bit of aeration. I am so impressed with the wine's breath and textural intensity. The 2019 Réserve is without a doubt one of the best recent editions here".
  4. WA 91+, V 94, JS 96

    "The 2019 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is matured for 12 months in 60 % new oak. Interestingly, that Earl Grey tincture continues to define this very classically styled wine, enhancing the black fruit. Hints of ash emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and plenty of graphite-infused black fruit that render this quite Pauillac in style. Impressively persistent on the tobacco-tinged finish."
  5. WA 90, WS 90, V 93, JS 95

    "The 2019 Le Petit Lion is excellent, offering up lots of dark berries, plums, pencil shavings and loamy soil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and lively palate that’s nicely concentrated, concluding with a long, saline finish. It’s produced from vines within the clos of Léoville-Las Cases itself—mainly young-vine Cabernet Sauvignon and old-vine, less optimally exposed Merlot in a block that borders Latour."
  6. WA 95, WS 93, V 93, JS 96

    "Given that Margaux's second wine contains plenty of fruit that made it into the grand vin just a decade or two ago, great things are to be expected from this bottling. Yet I was nonetheless taken aback by the quality of the 2019 Pavillon Rouge. Wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, plums and cherries mingled with rose petals and sweet spices, it's medium to full-bodied, sensual and concentrated, with beautifully refined tannins, racy acids and a long, penetrating finish. This is an exquisite Pavillon Rouge that is well worth seeking out. I confess that I don't buy many second wines, but I did purchase a case of this, with alacrity, right after tasting it."
  7. WA 91, WS 90, V 93, JS 96

    "The 2019 Alter Ego is a huge, dense wine. Ripe, exotic and packed to the core, Alter Ego makes a convincing first impression. Time in the glass brings out floral accents and redder tonalities of fruit. Partial aging in foudres has introduced an element of rigor and tension here that is so alluring in the way it complements the natural richness these wines always show."
  8. WA 88-90, V 89-91, JS 93

    "The 2019 Blason d'Issan has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with scents of raspberry pie, warm plums and blackcurrant pastilles plus touches of garrique, tobacco leaf and dusty soil with a hint of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing with an approachable, soft texture, filling the mouth with crunchy red and black fruits, finishing with a lively herbal note."
  9. WA 91, WS 92, V 92

    "With aromas of confit citrus fruit, peaches, grapefruit and pastry cream, the 2019 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with a satiny attack that segues into an ample core of fruit underpinned by lively acids and chalky structure. A combined second wine for both Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, this has turned out nicely in bottle, delivering a wine that's richer and headier in style than its 2018 predecessor."
  10. WA 91, WS 93, V 93, JS 96

    "The 2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is just as impressive as it was en primeur. Dark and brooding, Le Clarence is marked by its brooding intensity and youthful reticence. It is far from an easygoing second wine. Black cherry, graphite, incense, spice, leather and game emerge, but only over time. This is impressive, but it needs cellaring."
  11. WA 92+, WS 92, V 92, JS 95

    "Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, orange rind and rich spices, framed by a deft application of cedary new oak, the 2019 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with lively acids and a more tightly wound profile than its counterpart across the street."
  12. WA 88-90, V 90, JS 93-94

    "The wine is aging in French oak barrels, 25% new, for approximately 15 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with invigorating notes of black raspberries, kirsch and wild blueberries with hints of hoisin sauce, potpourri and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating juicy black and blue fruits with a pleasant chewiness to the texture and just enough freshness, finishing savory."

  13. WA 93, V 93, JS 96

    "The 2019 La Petite Église has turned out brilliantly in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, sweet spices, rose petals, black truffle, orange rind and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, it's supple and enveloping, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a long, penetrating finish. These days, this isn't really a "second wine" per se, as it combines some younger vine fruit with two dedicated parcels, one located next to Pomerol's church, the other by the château of La Fleur-Pétrus."
  14. WA 93, V 94, JS 96

    "The 2019 Chapelle d'Ausone is dense, powerful and beautifully layered in the glass. Wild red cherry, plum, exotic spice, dried flowers, mocha, rose petal and espresso are some of the many notes that give the bouquet its beguiling personality. There's real textural intensity and resonance here. As has been the case for some time, Chapelle d'Ausone is superb. If anything, it suffers from the perception of being a "second wine". It is that only a name".
  15. WA 91-93, V 92, JS 95

    "The 2019 Le Carillon d'Angélus has turned out beautifully. Succulent and racy core to the core, with gorgeous understated balance, the 2019 is impeccable from start to finish. Dark red fruit, chocolate, new leather and spice are nicely pushed forward. The 60 % new oak is a bit prominent at this stage. It will be interesting to see how that plays out over time."
  16. WA 92-94, V 91, JS 93

    "Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes charging out of the glass with energetic notes of freshly crushed blackberries, boysenberries and red and black plums with fragrant touches of garrigue, violets, star anise and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely coated with black, blue and red fruits, featuring velvety tannins and an invigorating undercurrent of freshness, finishing long and perfumed."

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