Bordeaux 2020 Primeurs: The Rest of the Right
Following on from my extensive report on all the left-bank appellations in the 2020 vintage, I come now to the right bank. Having already covered St Emilion, in three instalments, and Pomerol, in just one, this still leaves us with plenty of other right-bank appellations. And in a vintage which favoured Merlot over the Cabernets, and with difficult wet-then-dry conditions which produced better results on limestone than it did on more gravelly or sandy soils, there should be plenty here to interest us.
The number of appellations put under the spotlight here is higher than on the left bank. I commence with a small handful of wines from the Côtes de Bourg appellation, before continuing on with the different versions of Côtes de Bordeaux. Among this latter number are a few wines with the generic appellation, but more notably a swathe of wines from Blaye, Castillon, Francs and Cadillac (which I know is not on the right bank but it makes sense to include it here alongside its right-bank peers). After a look at the wines of Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac, it is then on with Lalande-de-Pomerol and the St Emilion satellites, including Montagne, Puisseguin, Lussac and even a lone representative from St-Georges. All in all this report encompasses 139 tasting notes.