Le Petit Lion 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

88-90+

Wine Advocate

The 2021 Le Petit Lion unwinds in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, impressively deep and lively, with powdery tannins and a saline finish, it's the usual mix of mainly young-vine Cabernet Sauvignon and old-vine, less optimally exposed Merlot in a block that borders Latour.
William Kelley, April 2022

16+

Jancis Robinson

Firm but fleshy with red- and dark-fruit notes. Broad but less focused across the palate then tightens on the finish, the tannins silky and fine. Slightly wayward – needs time to settle. (JL) 13.3%
Drink 2027 – 2036
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

92-94

Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Le Petit Lion is a wine of real breath and textural intensity. Black cherry, plum, leather, spice, menthol, licorice and graphite all build in the glass. The Petit Lion has the potential to be one of the Sleepers of the vintage. It has all the class and breadth of its bigger sibling, but in miniature. I loved it.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

91

Jane Anson

Clear tannic frame, plenty of interest and impact, with rough hewn slate and graphite, along with cassis and blueberry fruits. Not quite the magical wine that it is in the best vintages but this has concentration and grip, and has recognisable estate signature. Harvest September 24 through to October 4. 3.54ph. No chaptilisation, but reverse osmosis. 40% new oak.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022