Clos des Jacobins 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Neal Martin

The 2020 Clos des Jacobins has an attractive, well-defined bouquet of perfumed blackberry, wild strawberry and iris petal aromas, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a fulsome entry, a slightly grainy texture and traces of dark chocolate infusing the red fruit; there’s well-judged acidity here. This is a nicely proportioned Saint-Émilion that should age with style. -


James Suckling

Blackberry, blueberry and dark-chocolate character with a chewy finish. Full-to medium-bodied. Black walnut. Dark earth. Excellent quality of tannins.Blackberry, blueberry and dark-chocolate character with a chewy finish. Full-to medium-bodied. Black walnut. Dark earth. Excellent quality of tannins.


Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,240 g. Cask sample taken 6 April.
Extremely deep purple. Smells a bit more like a liqueur than a wine, it's so concentrated. Very sweet palate entry with more than a hint of oak and some astringency on the finish. This is the first wine from this appellation that slightly recalls the style fashionable in the 1990s. I may be misjudging it but it seems rather disjointed and unappetising at this point in its life.


Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Clos des Jacobins is very nicely done. Soft and open-knit, Clos des Jacobins offers quite a bit of both immediacy and appeal. Sweet red berry fruit, mocha, licorice, spice, menthol and espresso build in a creamy, inviting Saint-Émilion that will drink well with minimal cellaring. A second bottle showed quite a bit more tannic bite. Tasted two times.


Jeff Leve

Showing a good depth of color, the fruit is ripe, dark, sweet and polished. Medium-bodied, with soft-textures and a cool touch of minerality in the licorice, spice and espresso toned finish, this is good now, and it is going to be even better with 3-5 years of bottle age. 90-92


Jeb Dunnuck

Ripe blackcurrants, cherries, graphite, and subtle oak notes emerge from the 2020 Clos Des Jacobins, which emerges from the upper plateau of Saint-Emilion. Deep purple-hued, medium to full-bodied, and nicely concentrated, it has impressive tannins as well as the purity of fruit that’s the hallmark of this great vintage.



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

Black pepper spice on the nose, this has slightly austere blue and blackberry fruits and clear limestone influence in the juice. Will take a few years to come around, but the coffee grounds and grilled oak that sit underneath the fruit right now play nicely into the whole, giving a sleek, successful and confident feel. Magali and Thibault Decoster are the owners here, Hubert de Boüard the consultant. Harvest September 21 to 28, 75% new oak for ageing.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040