Alcee 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2024 - 2040

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2020 Alcee has an opaque purple-black color and alluring scents of stewed black plums, black cherry preserves and raspberry pie, plus suggestions of star anise, rose hip tea, wild mushrooms and cinnamon toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with densely packed black fruit and red berry accents, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant.


Neal Martin

The 2020 Alcée has a well-defined bouquet, nicely controlled, featuring crisp blackberry, briar, undergrowth and very subtle marmalade aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly edgy tannins that lend this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux a Left Bank quality. Fine salinity emerges toward the finish, completing a very assured and promising Right Bank from Nicolas Thienpont’s stable. -


James Suckling

Beautifully polished young red with really creamy tannins that show gorgeous tension and creamy texture. It’s full-bodied, yet agile and vivid. Minerally aftertaste.


Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Alcée is quite the powerhouse. Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, savory herbs, lavender and cloves are all kicked up. This is flamboyant to the core, with tons of density and just as much immediacy.


Jeff Leve

Dark in color, this hedonistic treat is loaded with all the ripe sweet plums, licorice, crushed rocks, wet earth, spice and cherries you could ask for. Richly textured, lush, silky, velvety, medium-bodied and fresh, with a long, intense finish that just keeps on going with notes of spice, black plums, dark cocoa and herbs. If you are not familiar with this beauty, you should be, because this stunner sells for a song for a wine of its quality. This should drink well with just a year or two of aging (If you can wait that long) and offer pleasure for at least another 12 years after that. 92-94



Tasted by Jane Anson (at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Extremely juicy, this has grip and power, subtlety and nuance, with a limestone-induced pumice stone texture. Touch of reduction on the nose, but as the fruit arrives you get savoury red cherry and loganberry then campfire smoke. Full of austere promise, and a value pick. From the Nicolas Thienpont team.

Drinking Window 2023 - 2035