Federal Wine & Spirits

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Observations on New Offers

2020 Bordeaux
June 1, 2021


The en primeur releases are coming at a rapid clip, I thought I would update you with some background information to help you make choices as available inventory will be changing quickly.

Ch. de Fonbel and Ch. Moulin St. Georges  --- These St. Emilion Grand Crus belong to the Vauthier family of Ch. Ausone. Pauline Vauthier, the winemaker at Ausone, makes all three wines. In 2020 Production for the small chateaux is down 50%, so their additional concentration makes for less supply. Moulin St. Georges’ vineyard is  more limestone. Fonbel is more sandy soil. Both are highly rated. Decanter's buy recommendation is Moulin St. Georges.

Ch. Lafon Rochet, St Estephe---The 2020 is $43, only up $1 over the price of 2019. This means that the 2020 in euro is actually less than 2019 for a wine that is a bit better. Perhaps the new consultant for the 2020 vintage, Jean Claude Berrouet (past winemaker Ch. Petrus) may have had a small influence. This pricing will not last long

Ch. Marquis de Terme, Margaux---pretty stable price from 2019 to 2020 ($41 to $43) The wine has a backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) but well balanced by Merlot (35%). Excellent Decanter notes. I talked our negociant into increasing our allocation, which is still small. I doubt my charming, youthful looks will get me any more.

Ch. Carbonnieux Red---this was one of the first really good vineyards that I ever tasted— fond memories of the 1970. I really like the price value here @$36. As you will probably see repeated in my notes there is a good amount (35%) of Merlot in its blend. I think I might be on to something.

Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes-- The price for the 2020 ($67) is almost 30% higher than 2019($53). Although this is considered one of the best of 2020 Sauternes, the 2019 is every bit as good in a better vintage. My advice---Federal still has available 6 bottles @$53 (750 ml) and 24 bottles @$28 (375ml) of the 2019. You can order the 2020 but while I have them buy 2019.


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