Haut-Brion 2020 En Primeur: “Wine of the vintage?”
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  • “Shaping up to be one of the wines of the year,” says Antonio Galloni.
  • The wine has been released internationally at £5,196 (12×75).
  • The similarly scored 2019 has risen in price since release but still offers good value.

The 2020 Château Haut-Brion has been released for €432 per bottle ex-négociant, up 53.2% on the 2019 release.

The wine is being offered by the international trade for £5,196 per 12×75, 8.5% more than the current Market Price of the 2019.

Quantity released from the estate is down 30% on last year.

Haut-Brion dropped its price 30% for the 2019 vintage and was the most affordable First Growth in the last campaign. We recently examined the price level that would make the 2020 look Fair Value. See more analysis below.

Critical opinion

The 2020 Haut-Brion is the highest-rated First Growth this vintage alongside Margaux.

It picked up potential 100-points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate), James Suckling, Jeb Dunnuck and Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider).

“Simply stunning,” said Perrotti-Brown. For Dunnuck, this is “unquestionably one of the top wines in this impressive vintage”.

Suckling was also impressed with the quality and questioned whether this is “wine of the vintage?”.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous), who awarded 97-99 points, echoed a similar sentiment. He said that “the 2020 Haut-Brion is shaping up to be one of the wines of the year”.

Neal Martin gave it 96-98 points, calling it “a magnificent, bold and almost audacious Haut-Brion”.

Fair Value

The 2020 Haut-Brion is the most expensive wine from the estate since the 2010 vintage.

With 97-points from Neal Martin, it sits slightly above the Fair Value line.

However, 100-point scores from various critics listed above make it look rather compelling and on par with the critically acclaimed 2005 vintage, which costs more.

Back vintages to consider include the 2019 and the 2012. Despite rising 33% in value since last summer, the 2019 vintage offers good value for money still. It carries the same Benchmark Critic score as the 2020.

The 96-point 2012 vintage is another physical vintage currently offering good value.

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