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Nicolás Catena Zapata 2020 released on La Place de Bordeaux

  • Nicolás Catena Zapata 2020 has been released at £720 per case.  
  • The wine has a score of 95 points from The Wine Advocate and 97 points from Jane Anson. 
  • At this price, there is value to be found among recent back vintages.  
Image shows Nicolas Catena Zapata Market Prices and Wine Advocate scores.

Nicolás Catena Zapata 2020 has been released through La Place de Bordeaux at €53.30 per bottle ex-négociant, up 1.5% on the 2019’s release price (€52.50 per bottle).  

The wine, which was the first Argentine wine to trade on Liv-ex back in 2012, is being offered internationally at £720 per case, down 1.6% on the 2019’s opening price (£732 per dozen).  

At this price, the new release is one of the more expensive on the market. The 96-point 2016, 2018 and 2019 offer better value, as do some older, better-rated back vintages. See more pricing analysis below.  

Critical response 

The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez scored the wine 95 points, noting that ‘2020 was a very dry and low-yielding year’ that nonetheless produced ‘a healthy crop with concentration and ripeness, which led to a ‘powerful and quite classical’ wine.  

Joaquín Hidalgo (Vinous) rated the 2020 vintage 96 points, praising its ‘vibrant mouthfeel’ and ‘precise balance’ of this ‘meticulously-crafted red’.  

Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux) awarded this ‘wonderfully fragrant and well-judged’ wine 97 points, calling it ‘a brilliant vintage of this landmark Argentinian wine’.  

Fair Value analysis   

As mentioned above, some recent back vintages of Nicolás Catena Zapata carry a higher score from The Wine Advocate than today’s release but are available at a discount to the 2020 vintage’s release price. The 2016, 2018 and 2019 vintages, which were all scored 96 points by the publication, are available for 31.3%, 21.5% and 25.3% less than today’s release respectively. 

Older, higher-scored vintages (97-points and above) of the wine, such as the 2008, cost over £1,000 per case. 

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