Bon Pasteur 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2025 - 2040

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Bon Pasteur needs a little swirling to release bright, vibrant notes of crushed black and red plums, boysenberries and black raspberries, plus hints of menthol, cedar chest and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid frame of grainy tannins and well-balanced acidity supporting the earth-laced, muscular black fruits, finishing on a lingering black pepper note.

92-94

Neal Martin

The 2020 Le Bon Pasteur, which as always is fermented in new oak barrels, is impressive on the nose, delivering mineral-driven black fruit, clean and precise, the new oak very neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins and saline in the mouth, building nicely toward a finish that demonstrates a sense of symmetry and poise. This is a really fine Le Bon Pasteur that is maybe cut from a less hedonistic cloth than previous vintages. Excellent.
- vinous.com

92-93

James Suckling

Tight and linear with fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium-bodied with blackberry and dark-chocolate character and a medium finish. Ripe fruit in the center palate that’s nicely mixed with the wood.

16.5+

Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,364. Cask sample. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 40-year-old vines. Fermented in new oak barrels (Intégrale).
Intense colour – black almost to the rim. Marked by the oak but the fruit and the oak are well integrated so the oak is not off-putting, even if it is not to my personal taste. Black fruit with a savoury quality that reminds me of black rocks. Intense but not intensely aromatic. A touch spirity on the nose. On the palate, ripe, thickly textured tannins, and concentrated. A very big wine, very oaky but meshed. Powerful and not for those who like their oak more subtle. But there's surprising freshness on the finish. Small sips recommended. (JH)

92-94

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Le Bon Pasteur is impressive. In fact, the 2020 is one of the best vintages I have ever tasted. Rich and deep, with terrific verve, the 2020 is magnificent right out of the gate. Dark red/black cherry, mocha, cedar and espresso all meld together in the glass. The heavy, over extracted style of the past seems a distant memory, and that is a good thing, as the purity of the fruit here is positively striking.
Vinous.com

93-95

Jeb Dunnuck

Emerging from the home estate of renowned consultant Michel Rolland, the 2020 Château Le Bon Pasteur sports a deep, inky purple hue to go with its medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit, smoked herbs, tobacco, and scorched earth. With terrific overall balance, fabulous tannins, and a deep, concentrated mid-palate, this beautiful Pomerol might be up with the finest wines I have ever tasted from this address. Tasted twice.