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2024 - 2038
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2020 la Grave offers alluring scents of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and redcurrant jelly, followed by hints of dried Provence herbs, unsmoked cigars and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with refreshing red and black berry flavors, supported by plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing savory.
The 2020 La Grave is tight on the nose, presenting blackberry, bilberry and light marine scents and revealing a touch of Japanese wakame with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and commendable salinity. Compared directly with the Lafleur-Gazin, this has more substance and cohesion toward the finish, and a lovely black pepper note tingles on the tongue after the wine has departed. A Pomerol that kinda sneaks up on you.
(85% M, 15% CF)
Sweet, truffly, mineral-tinged nose; fairly full, fresh, very finely tannic, a lovely “Pomerol gravel” balance; freshly sweet in flavor, gently but clearly gravel-infused, a quite lovely supple-rich fleshy texture, a light mineral impression behind the fruit, a gentle complexity, fine length of flavor, and excellent persistence. Sap, savor, length, finesse. A magnificent La Grave. 2028–45+.
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Ripe and fresh with berry-fruit notes. Pure-fruited on the palate with plenty of juice and charm. Tannins finely honed. Length on the finish. Perfect balance. At least on a par with 2019. (JL)
The 2020 La Grave exudes considerable depth to match its somber personality. Blueberry jam, kirsch, lavender, dried herbs, cloves, licorice, gravel and leather flesh out in the glass. Ripeness feels a bit pushed in the 2020, and yet all the elements are so nicely balanced. Even so, this is a pretty potent, unctuous style.
Spiced red and black fruits, cedarwood, and dried tobacco notes all emerge from the 2020 Château La Grave, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a solid mid-palate and ripe, building tannins as well as a nicely textured, balanced mouthfeel. Give this already complex, textured Pomerol 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following 10-15 years.