Bordeaux 2020 Primeurs: The Rest of the Left
In the first of three large ‘mopping up’ reports I come now to all the left-bank appellations beyond the four most famous communes which I have already covered in my St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux reports. This means firstly the wines from the most northerly, windswept vineyards of the Médoc peninsula, with the Médoc appellation, continuing with my tasting notes and scores on the many wines which carry the Haut-Médoc appellation. The latter is a very extensive appellation which winds its way down the peninsula, from St-Seurin-de-Cadourne in the north, to the very outskirts of the city of Bordeaux in the south, wrapping itself around these aforementioned communal appellations.
As such the Haut-Médoc appellation exhibits variation in terroir and even climate, and as a reflection of this in previous years I have divided this part of my primeurs report into four unofficial (in other words, invented by me) geographical subzones. This year, however, with such a large number of notes to present, I have listed them alphabetically, to make the task of locating a particular tasting note easier.