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Bordeaux 2020 at Two Years: The Rest of The Left

Bordeaux 2020 at Two Years: The Rest of The Left

As is the norm, in this concluding report from the left bank I throw together my tasting notes from four appellations; these are the two regional appellations of Moulis-en-Médoc and Listrac-Médoc, and the two catch-all appellations that run the length and breadth of the Médoc peninsula, Haut-Médoc to the south, and Médoc to the north.

These are not areas that should ever be overlooked in a successful vintage such as 2020, especially by cash-savvy drinkers keen to find a wine with classed growth style, but without classed-growth pricing. While there are of course five classed growth properties hidden within the Haut-Médoc appellation (all five members of this select club are included below), the vast majority of the wines reported on here hail from the ranks of Bordeaux’s cru bourgeois châteaux. That means while quality can be variable, when you find a good one there is every chance you might find the price tag as appealing as the wine.

Well, here’s hoping.

Médoc 2020

These notes reflect wines tasted in a variety of situations, sometimes during a visit to the relevant château, or on occasion with a consultant who works with the property, at various times across my trip to Bordeaux. Some I tasted with the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, and a few I encountered as samples sent to my home in Scotland. So rather than addressing whether or not I had to taste any of the wines by candle light, or how many members of the team I was greeted by, I shall dive straight in with some thoughts on the wines I admired the most.

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