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2023 - 2035
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Croizet-Bages opens with notes of prunes, fruitcake and espresso, leading to notes of black olives, fried herbs and tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate is chewy and a little dilute in the middle, finishing firmly and abruptly.
The 2020 Croizet-Bages has a slightly pinched nose at first, opening with aeration to reveal blackberry, blueberry and light sea spray/seaweed scents, not a million miles away from the recently tasted 2018 in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and a fine bead of acidity. What you might describe as a gentle Pauillac, harmonious on the crisp finish. Croizet-Bages continues its improved run of form.
Very chewy and tannic, yet the tannins are refined and polished. Blackberry and blueberry character with a walnut undertone. Full and flavorful.
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Crimson with a lighter rim. Berry fruit but the vanilla oak holds sway aromatically. Slightly soupy attack but with a juicy vein behind. Grainy tannins with the oak again present leave a drying finish. Light on fruit and only for the medium term. (JL)
The 2020 Croizet-Bages is laced with red fruit, dried herbs, crushed rocks, graphite and strong mineral notes that lend freshness while giving the wine terrific freshness as well as energy. the 2020 is not as opulent as many wines in this vintage, but it more than makes up for that with its persistence and length.
Tobacco, cedar, flowers, mint and creme de cassis come to the forefront with little effort. Medium/full-bodied, with a generous dose of chewy currants, herbs and cigar wrapper, there is serious Pauillac character here. This is the best vintage of Croizet-Bages I recall tasting. Priced correctly, this is worth taking a look at. 90-92
Lots of attractive black cherry and currant fruits as well as tobacco, cedarwood, and subtle spicy, earthy nuances emerge from the 2020 Château Croizet-Bages, a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, textured, and balanced Pauillac that should have two decades of longevity.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Plenty of floral notes on the aromatics, this is tasty, a little austere, with tight tannins but underpinned by silky texture and attractive blueberry and blackberry fruits, and a juicy edge. A yield of 41 hl/ha, 50% new oak. Eric Boissenot consultant. Jean-Philippe Quié is technical director, harvest September 11-29.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2038