Clos les Lunelles 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2024 - 2044

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2020 Clos Lunelles is composed of 80% Merlot, coming in with an alcohol of 14.79% and a pH of 3.65. It is being aged in French oak barriques, 50% new. Deep purple-black colored, it springs from the glass with vibrant notes of crushed black cherries and black raspberries, giving way to hints of wild blueberries, chocolate box and cardamom with a touch of violets. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of crunchy, energetic black and red fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and lifted.

89-91

Neal Martin

The 2020 Clos Lunelles comes from the highest point within Castillon, cropped at 35hl/ha and matured in 50% new oak. It is more understated on the nose compared to those I tasted a decade ago, offering black cherries, raspberry coulis and subtle touches of powdered chalk. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Dense, burly and grippy in the mouth, this possesses enormous structure on the finish, and here the tannins feel just a little aggressive. Not bad, but I prefer the elegance shown on some of Gérard Perse’s other 2020s.

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93-94

James Suckling

Lots of chalk, dark-fruit, bark and mushroom character. Violets, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, juicy tannins and a fresh finish.

16+

Jancis Robinson

80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Purple-black hue. Rich and ripe with dark-cherry notes but plenty of lift, the limestone terroir accentuating freshness. Tannins tight and a little chewy at present but should come round, the fruit more than present. (JL)

94-96

Jeff Leve

Opaque in color, the wine explodes with notes of flowers, licorice, blackberry, crushed rocks, plum liqueur and espresso. Thick, rich, lusciously textured and intense, the salinity from the deep limestone terroir shines through right from the start through to the opulent, velvety finish. This is the equal of many of the best Saint-Emilion terroirs. But it needs time to come together, so please wait at least 7 or more years before pulling a cork. The wine was made from blending 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. 94-96

91

Decanter

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

Located on limestone plateau of St-Colombe, this is a classically big Clos Lunelles. Unquestionably has concentration, big black berry fruits and a ton of spice. This is not over-extracted, and there is more integrated oak than you find in the past, but this is still a wine that is hard to ignore. It layers on the dense fruits and the punch at the beginning. Once you sit with it, and allow the limestone to make it through, things lift on the finish. 3.65pH. A yield of 35hl/ha.

Drinking Window 2023 - 2032