Olivier 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2024 - 2039

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Very deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Olivier offers vibrant notions of wild blueberries, blackberry preserves and cassis, plus hints of clove oil, cinnamon stick and tree bark, with a waft of dusty soil. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly played with soft tannins and seamless freshness supporting the restrained black and blue fruit flavors, finishing earthy.


Neal Martin

The 2020 Olivier, matured in 35% new oak, has a comparatively rich and opulent bouquet of macerated black cherries, blueberry and black plums, although I find it needs a little more delineation and I would like the oak to be more assimilated by the time it is bottled. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, a seam of dark chocolate/cocoa infusing the black fruit, and hints of black olive toward the finish. An assertive Olivier; hopefully it will develop the refinement that is missing at the moment.



James Suckling

Lots of blackberry, black-olive and blueberry aromas with some smoke. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and a lively finish. Polished young red.


Jancis Robinson

Full bottle just 1,285 g. Cask sample taken 6 April if I am reading the handwriting correctly. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, according to the château, although that doesn't add up to 100. Aged for 12 months in barrels (35% new).
Exceptionally deep colour. Blackish purple. Rather sumptuous nose. Round and sweet and (initially) apparently tannin-free! This seems to be taking ripeness to the limit and just lacks a little freshness but obviously a heck of a lot of work has gone into this. Another wine for those who value opulence. Noticeably sweeter than most of its peers.


Jeff Leve

With a deep color that is impossible to miss, the wine offers its sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf, savory herbs, cigar box and red fruit aromas with ease. Elegant and refined, medium-bodied, silky and fresh, this is going to be one of the top vintages Chateau Olivier has ever produced. There is good purity to the fruits, length and lift in the finish, making this a pleasure to taste. 91-92


Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2020 Château Olivier is another outstanding Graves from this vintage that offers lots of classic appellation character in its ripe black cherry and darker berry fruit as well as tobacco, gravelly earth, cold fireplace, and smoky aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied and has a textured, rounded mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and outstanding length.