Bordeaux 2020 | Standout Seconds

It's one of the worst kept secrets in Bordeaux: if you're looking for an exceptional value to quality ratio, the first place you should look is at top chateaux's second wines. 

 

We've rounded up some of what we think are the very best from the 2020 en primeur season below:

2020 - La Chapelle de La Mission Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2024 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2024 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £360.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2020 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has a perfumed, floral bouquet of iris and pitted black olive scents infusing copious black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a little more backbone than the Le Clarence Haut-Brion, plus it is a little drier on the finish. It just needs to develop a bit more flesh and sensuality by the time it is bottled. Drink 2024 - 2034

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    You are immediately set at ease by the confidence and sheer easy appeal of this wine. A silky and seductive La Chapelle that rivals plenty of first wines in this vintage. The texture is rich and taut at first, then softens in the glass, with a charge of freshness that keeps the momentum and the energy high. Not many wines that rival the 2010 and 2016s, but here it very much does - exuberant with chocolate and cracked pepper but pulls back at the right moment. Harvests from 7th to 29th September. I love it. Drink 2026-2040

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2020 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is rich, dense and so inviting, right from the very first taste. Ripe red purplish/berry fruit, rose petal, spice and gravel all meld together in the glass, but what impresses most about La Chappelle is its exceptional balance. Aromatics, fruit and structure are all so well-balanced. The 2020 is an especially fine La Chappelle. Drink 2025 - 2035

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    Tobacco leaf and currants, savory herbs, cedar, and red plums open the perfume. On the palate the wine is loaded with sweet, red fruits, soft, polished tannins, freshness and a tobacco infused, refined, spicy currant character. Give this at least 5 years before popping a cork. Enjoy it while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    Dark purplish crimson. Subtle, saline nose. Really gets the saliva flowing. The tannins are not the supplest – slightly sandy-textured – but the fruit is very dense and correct with real life to it. Medium weight with great balance. Racy wine with good drive – though you'll have to wait awhile for the tannins to recede. Drink 2027 – 2041

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    Black cherries, currants, tobacco, and leafy herb notes all emerge from the 2020 La Chapelle De La Mission Haut-Brion. and it's medium to full-bodied, with a round, layered mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and just a big, rich, yet concentrated vibe that's very much in the style of the vintage. It's going to have two decades of longevity.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    The nose is far more open and floral than I expected and while I am aware one cannot smell texture, there is a kindly, open, silky nature to the perfume. The palate follows up this cordial theme with a generous, open and expressive flavour and it already seems well integrated and balanced. The tannins are feisty, as always, but they are more than compensated but the open and gregarious fruit notes on the mid-palate. There is discreet tension here and this brings a refreshing nature to the finish, but there is nothing dry or closed about the experience and this makes it one of the most forward La Chapelles in recent years.

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Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tax status

  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.