Bordeaux 2020 – the improbable year

UGCB tasting of 2021s in Bordeaux

How come the hot, dry year produced such fresh wines? An overview of the vintage about to be offered en primeur. James Lawther MW was able to attend the UGCB tasting in Bordeaux pictured above (@ugcb). See Bill Blatch's report on Sauternes 2020 tomorrow.

The most surprising thing about 2020 bordeaux is the style of wine produced. A hot, dry, early year seemed to indicate a solar expression with, in a worst-case scenario, an overcooked vintage like 2003 a possibility. This is not the case at all, although there is variation, as the top terroirs have produced wines...