Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
75cl * 15% ABV * Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux in 2020 seems to have all the freshness that made the outstanding 2016 so appealing, but also combines the warmth and accessibility of vintages like 2009 - we can't get enough of this vintage, even if volumes are largely down. This relatively small property (under the ownership of Chateau du Glana in St Julien) has its best plots situated next door to the much exalted Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Elegant and rounded, it shows some pleasingly plummy fruit studded with vanilla and cinnamon.
Drink from 2024 to 2040.
"Plenty of grip, you are taken straight into Pauillac in the first few beats of this wine, with its cassis and bilberry fruits, hawthorn and eucalyptus juice and spice, and the powerful tannins that are the mark of the vintage up here. These are concentrated fruits, but overall there is also a sense of uplift and forward motion. Great stuff. Drink 2024 - 2040" 93 points, Jane Anson Decanter magazine (May 2021)
"One of the rare estates in Pauillac that is not a classed growth, the wine is solid, still young. Its black-currant fruits and tannins are coming together along with the rich spice of wood aging. The wine is set for some serious aging. Drink from 2026." 93 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast