Bordeaux 2020 at Two Years: St Emilion Grand Cru
I rather enjoy the disparate nature of this, the third instalment of my 2020 St Emilion reports, which serves as a repository for all my tasting notes on wines residing outside the sacred (written without once popping my tongue into my cheek) boundaries of the St Emilion classification. Here we have well-established greats such as Château Tertre-Roteboeuf from François Mitjavile and Le Dôme from Jonathan Maltus, contentedly rubbing shoulders with rather less well known properties such as Château du Parc, Château La Rose Brisson and Château Clos des Prince.
In future editions of this report the number of famous names is of course set to rise, as they will be joined by refugees from the upper echelons of the classification, including Château Angélus, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone and Château La Gaffelière.
In turn, however, some châteaux included below will be moving up to swell the ranks of the appellation’s Grand Cru Classé properties, the likes of Clos Badon Thunevin and Clos Dubreuil, among others, having been promoted.
So there is change coming, but once the dust has settled I think I will be opening future reports with the same line – enjoying the disparate nature of these ‘catch all’ reports. I get to taste and then wax lyrically (well, that’s the idea) about some of the most iconic wines of the St Emilion appellation, but I also get sniff out unknown châteaux punching above their weight (well, again, that’s the idea), wines which might offer good drinking at a fair price. Here’s hoping.Please log in to continue reading: