These weeks at Best of Wines HQ, it's all about the Bordeaux en primeur campaign. This week, we had the opportunity to taste some 2020 Bordeaux wines from the Moueix portfolio. Moueix offers a great range of wines from both the left and the right bank.
We tasted among others the '20 vintages of Château Phélan Ségur, Château Chasse-Spleen, Domaine de Chevalier, Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Certan, Château Latour à Pomerol, Château Lafleur-Gazin, Château Trotanoy, Château Pichon Baron and Château Hosanna.
In general we can say that in continuation of the great 2019 vintage, 2020 turns out to be - again - a beautiful year for Bordeaux. Definitely a year to keep your eyes on! We noticed some (smaller) wines are very elegant but lack some power. However, there are certainly exceptions… We would like to highlight three wines from this tasting that positively suprised us:
Château Latour à Pomerol
This Château Latour à Pomerol is 100% Merlot. The color is dark purple with aromas of black currants, blackberries and plums. It’s deliciously jammy but with enough backbone to support it. Since 10 years, they have clearly been on the rise and we expect that you can add them to the list of great vintages (2015, 2016..). This is a stunning wine that is among the best in Pomerol.
For years, we have been big fans of Trotanoy. Therefore, we were eagerly looking forward to taste the 2020 vintage, which was the last of the Pomerols we tasted. This year, the Trotanoy is made of 100% Merlot, while in other years a small percentage of Cabernet Franc might be used. We taste black fruits, ripe plum and earthy notes like black truffle and some spiciness. Lots of depth, layer upon layer and an endless aftertaste. This wine will take some time, but it will be worth the wait.
It seems like Hosanna is getting better every year. Such an intense wine, a great expression of the Pomerol terroir. A big mouth full of red fruits like cherries, raspberries and some lovely earthy tones. A bold wine with a great finish that lingers for quite a while.