La Serre 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

89-91

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2024 - 2036

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 La Serre is sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage, giving way to notes of crushed black plums, fresh blackberries and boysenberries with hints of sassafras, clove oil and mocha. The medium-bodied palate has a great intensity of fresh black fruits with ripe, rounded tannins and a lively line, finishing long and spicy.

90-92

Neal Martin

The 2020 La Serre has (yet another) gorgeous, sensual and very pure bouquet of dark cherries, hints of cassis and wilted violet scents, the new oak seamlessly integrated. It reminds me of the 2018. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent black cherries and blueberry and saturated tannins counterpoised by a fine bead of acidity. It turns quite citric toward the end, and although it might not quite deliver the persistence of the 2018, this is another fine La Serre that should give 12–15 years of drinking pleasure. - Vinous.com

89-90

Michael Schuster

(85% M, 15% CF)
A bit “woody” to smell (as it was in the 2018 wine); rich, fairly full, fresh, lightly to moderately tannic; sweetly fresh in flavor, moderately complex, typical flowing, easy St-Emilion profile, a touch of new-oak dryness of texture, but a most attractive richness, a gentle fleshy texture and excellent length. It will surely absorb its slightly evident new wood. Very nice indeed. 2025–35+.

94-95

James Suckling

A medium-bodied red with redcurrant, berry and light chocolate character. It’s creamy and chewy. Yet, it shows polish and refinement.

17

Jancis Robinson

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Dark and dense with a hint of spice. The fruit is pure and nuanced with blueberry notes. Palate fine and gentle, the tannins smooth and integrated. Plenty of juice and freshness. Clean, bright and balanced. Nothing forced. Continues the finer mould seen in recent years. Should be GV. (JL)

89-91

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 La Serre offers plenty of immediacy. Blueberry, spice, new leather, tobacco and cedar give the 2020 its effusive personality. Bright acids lend quite a bit of energy. The tannins feel just a bit coarse. That is the only thing holding the 2020 back from a slightly more positive note.

vinous.com

93-95

Jeff Leve

Full-bodied, silky, fresh and packed with chocolate, black and red plums, licorice, oak and crushed rocks, there is serious vibrancy and depth of flavor here. Polished lively and long, with sweetness and purity to the fruits that linger, this is the best vintage of La Serre I have ever tasted. 93-95

94-96

Jeb Dunnuck

Crème de cassis, violets, toasty oak, and vanilla bean notes all emerge from the 2020 Château La Serre. This modern-styled beauty stays remarkably pure, and has terrific balance as well as gorgeous tannins.

94

Decanter

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

Always a lovely wine from Luc d'Arfeuille, and this is so juicy, full of sleek and sexy damson fruits with a wash of freshly crushed mint leaf. Juicy blackcurrant pastille and touches of lemongrass, this is all about the limestone as the estate is located right on the plateau where the soil cover is low, but it combines austerity with generosity. Harvest September 20 and 21 for the Merlot, then 29 for the Cabernet Franc. Tasted several times. New cellar since 2019.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040