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2024 - 2039
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2020 D'Arce comes tumbling out of the glass with notes of stewed black plums, tilled soil and bouquet garni with suggestions of Ceylon tea and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate offers mouth-filling black fruit preserves with a racy backbone and chewy tannins, finishing on an appealing savory/stewed tea note.
The 2020 Château d’Arce, from the Garcin-Lévêque family of Barde-Haut and Clos l’Eglise, has a crisp blackberry, briar, tobacco and potpourri nose that takes a few minutes to really settle down in the glass. The palate is ripe and candied on the entry with attractive red fruit (strawberry, raspberry and a touch of sour cherry) and a little fleshier than expected; I actually appreciate the openness of this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux. There is fine precision on the finish. I suspect this will drink well over the next decade.
(90% M, 10% CF; 30% new)
Richly primary fruit on the nose, floral, wild-rose herbal; rich and full, and vital in acidity, with a still slightly firm wood-dry tannin—that’s a bit the house style! Juicy in flavor, succulent, tasty, mouthwatering, delicious. Lovely Castillon in its fruity, juicy, ample style, no great complexity, and the opposite in style from the Joanin Bécot, for example. Excellent of its type, complete and very attractive. To be bottled in June 2021. Drink young. 2022–28.
This shows minerality and intensity for the appellation with crushed fruit and a salty undertone. Medium-to full-bodied with a creamy finish. Chewy at the end, but the tannins are fine.
The 2020 d'Arce is rich, deep and seriously intense. Kirsch, sweet rose petal, lavender, spice and mint all build as this captivating Côtes de Castillon shows off its allure. Inky dark fruit, chocolate and spice open first, followed by a flourish of floral and savory notes that add striking inner perfume and sweetness. This is beautifully done.
Plummy, lush, round and ripe, you find licorice, dark cocoa, flowers and wet earth on the nose and palate. Sweet, ripe and fruity, the medium-bodied wine is soft, fresh, refined and vibrant. You will be able to enjoy this with just a year or two of aging. The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 90-92
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Attractive clove and toasted coffee bean notes, depth and gloss of damson and black cherry fruit and an excellent feel of a clay-limestone freshness that grips through the body. Juicy finish. A value pick, from a vineyard located just by the St-Emilion border in St-Genès de Castillon. Same owner as Château Barde-Haut - Hélène Garcin-Leveque.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2030