89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Wonderfully perfumed raspberry and rose petal aromas, with cassis, graphite, liquorice and fresh mint leaf. The palate is cool and focused, with a dark core of earthy minerality and blackcurrant, surrounded by fleshier black and red berry fruit. The tannins are very fine but coiled and powerful, the whole lifted by a fresh arc of acidity.
Picked 10th-30th September. The chateau reported very small berries this year so had to be very careful with extraction. 2020 is just below 2018’s level of tannins but is otherwise the highest ever. 13.5% abv – lower than the past two vintages. 36% of the holdings have gone into the grand vin. Production is 30% down on usual. 100% new oak.
C&B Score: 18
Drinking dates: 2030-45+