Bordeaux 2020 Primeurs: Pessac-Léognan, Red
Although I confess the title does not make it clear, this report focuses on the red wines of not only Pessac-Léognan in the 2020 vintage, but also those from the broader Graves appellation. I present notes from all corners of these two appellations, from properties tucked well into the Bordeaux suburbs, such as Château Haut-Brion and Château Pape-Clément, to those near the southern tip of the Graves vineyards. This includes properties such as Château Roquetaillade La Grange, a vineyard so far south in the Graves appellation it lies on the same latitude as Cahors (which admittedly lies 130 kilometres due east).
As such this is my largest report so far (unless you are reading this on some day in the distant future that is, and you started with the St Emilion pages before working backwards), with tasting notes and scores of 55 red wines. With such a large number of châteaux to check out, set in such a sprawling landscape of diverse terroirs and even climate, it should come as no surprise that quality here is rather variable. We have some of the very best wines of Bordeaux 2020 here, but we also have some wines which illustrate the difficulties of the vintage.