Bordeaux Futures Primeurs Tasting Notes

AOC Sauternes
Bordeaux 2020

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Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)
AOC stands for “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée”. It tells you where the wine comes from, its origin. It also tells you that the wine is made according to the criteria of this AOC.
Classification (Class.)
Most of these wines belong to one of the Bordeaux classifications:
1st-5th GCC - The famous 1855 Médoc Grand Cru Classé Classification (61 wines). The list starts with the top 5 of 1st Classed Growths.
1st GCC a & b and GCC - The St-Emilion Premier Grand Crus (class a and class b) and the Grand Cru Classés.
CB - The Médoc Cru Bourgeois Classification (1932). Last renewed in 2003 (with at the top the 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel followed by the Cru Bourgeois Supérieur classed wines, this 2003 classification is used for the overviews 2004 - 2006). In February 2007 the classification was annuled by the Bordeaux Administrative Appeals Court, and in November 2007 it was decided that the classification would be continued but without the sub-classes at the top.
CC Grav. - All Graves wines classified (1959) as Cru Classé de Graves are located in the Pessac-Léognan region (as individual AOC established in 1987).
Size in hectares (Size)
This column tells you what the size is of the property in hectares (ha). Note that seldomly all land is used to make the first wine of the estate. Most châteaux also make a second and even a third wine on the estate.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (WA)
English wine critic, living in France and California, publishing on, starting with the Bordeaux 2021 vintage. He rates the wines on a scale from 75 to 100. Since the 2022 vintage Kelley is joined by Yohan Castaign. Yohan is from Bordeaux. The vintages 2017-2020 were rated by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. An asterisk (*) means that it is the best wine from the château that Robert Parker ever tasted as a barrel sample. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Neal Martin (NM)
English wine critic, formerly contributing to Wine-Journal on, and since the 2017 vintage to Vinous. He rates the wines on a scale from 75 to 100. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Jancis Robinson (JR)
English wine critic publishing on her website, wines are also often rated by team members like Julia Harding MW and James Lawther MW. Wines are rated on a scale from 10 to 20. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Tim Atkin (TA)
English wine critic publishing on his website Wines are rated on a scale from 75 to 100. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve (B&D)
French wine critics publishing in TAST. They rate the wines on a scale from 10 to 20. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Jeff Leve (JL)
American wine critic publishing on his website Wines are rated on a scale from 75 to 100. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Jane Anson, Decanter (De)
English wine magazine. Wines were given 1 to 5 stars, from the 2007 to 2014 vintage the 10 - 20 scale was presented, and since 2015 Jane Anson is using the 100 points scale. Before 2015 the wines were tasted by Steven Spurrier, James Lawther MW and Beverley Blanning MW. Not all wines are (already) rated.
La Revue du Vin de France (RVF)
French wine magazine. Wines are rated on a scale from 10 to 20. The wines are tasted by Olivier Poels, Hélène Durand and Philippe Maurange. Instead of a single number, always a range is given with a 1 point span. Presented here is the mean. E.g. 16,5-17,5 becomes 17. In the exceptional case where the span is just 0,5 point, the average ending in .25 or .75 is presented. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Chris Kissack (CK)
English wine critic, publishing on Winedoctor. He rates the wines on a scale from 75 to 100. Not all wines are (already) rated.
Consumer price in euro (Price)
The price shown is the average initial consumer "en primeur" price with tax included. Use it as a guideline, as an indication to assess the prices that you encounter.
Price change percentage (+/–)
This column compares the initial consumer price of the displayed year with the consumer price of the preceding year. If both consumer prices are known, a percentage is shown for the price increase (+) or price drop (–).
d'Yquem2020Sauternes1st GCCs113···············
Climens2020Sauternes1st GCC29···············
Clos Haut-Peyraguey2020Sauternes1st GCC12·91-931787···91-9393···90-92€ 37+6%
Coutet2020Sauternes1st GCC38·92-9417+9393··94-969497··93-95€ 390%
Guiraud2020Sauternes1st GCC100·91-9316.5+9292-93··93-959493-94··90-92€ 47+7%
Lafaurie-Peyraguey2020Sauternes1st GCC41·93-951693····9594··93-95€ 55+8%
Rabaud-Promis2020Sauternes1st GCC31···89···········
de Rayne-Vigneau2020Sauternes1st GCC79·91-9316.589···91-939394··91-93€ 450%
Rieussec2020Sauternes1st GCC90···············
Sigalas-Rabaud2020Sauternes1st GCC14···············
Suduiraut2020Sauternes1st GCC9293-9594-9617+92···94-959697··93-95€ 60+20%
la Tour-Blanche2020Sauternes1st GCC65·92-9417+92···92-949394-95··91-93€ 42+5%
d'Arche2020Sauternes2nd GCC40·91-9316+86····9491··90-92€ 29+4%
Broustet2020Sauternes2nd GCC39.5·88-9116.5+86···89-919493··90-92··
Caillou2020Sauternes2nd GCC13·········95·····
Doisy-Daëne2020Sauternes2nd GCC15.9·95-971787···93-959697··92-94€ 350%
Doisy-Védrines2020Sauternes2nd GCC30·92-9415.5+91···91-939594··90-92€ 38+19%
Filhot2020Sauternes2nd GCC62·87-89·89····9293-94··88-90€ 230%
Lamothe (Despujols)2020Sauternes2nd GCC7.5···87···········
Lamothe Guignard2020Sauternes2nd GCC17·85-87·90·····94-95··89-91€ 22·
de Malle2020Sauternes2nd GCC28···············
de Myrat2020Sauternes2nd GCC22·91-93·86····9292··91-93€ 28+4%
Nairac2020Sauternes2nd GCC17···············
Romer du Hayot2020Sauternes2nd GCC15·86-88·87·····93-94··89-91··
Suau2020Sauternes2nd GCC8.1···············
Bastor-Lamontagne2020Sauternes·56·88-9015.5····90-9290···91-93€ 240%
l'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne (demi)2020Sauternes·15.9·96-98··········92-94€ 195+17%
de Fargues2020Sauternes·25·95-9716.5++····94-9697···91-93··
les Justices2020Sauternes·8.5···············
Raymond Lafon2020Sauternes·16·91-9316.583···92-949395··91-93··

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