2020 Château Peymouton, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

The 2020 Peymouton is a brilliant example of the value that can be found on Bordeaux’s right bank. It’s from the same estate as Château Laroque, from vineyards that have not been classified as Grand Cru Classé. It’s crunchy and finely judged, with a wonderfully classical profile, grippy yet refined tannins, and a very long, mineral finish. It’s utterly delicious, and a real bargain.

Critic score
90.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£17.68
Case, 12 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£212.16

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2036
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Peymouton, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

TASTING NOTES

Lots of blackberry and dark chocolate with walnut and spice undertones. Medium to full body. Chewy finish. Yet, the tannins are fine and poised.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
92—93/100

Beautifully bright cherry colour. Slightly rustic tannins on the attack, with a bright cheerful feel as it unrolls through the palate, and sappy redcurrant and raspberry fruits. Same owner as Château Laroque, good early-to-medium-term drinking.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
90/100

The 2020 Peymouton is very precocious on the nose, more so than the La Serre that I tasted alongside, delivering copious cassis and kirsch mixed with vanilla pod. It’s just a bit trop. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a touch of graphite infusing the layered blackberry and bilberry fruit, segueing into quite a saline finish that is more structured than the nose suggests. This will deserve 3–4 years in bottle, during which those feisty aromatics will hopefully gain more composure.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(88—90)/100

Leafy, dark-fruit freshness with a hint of mint. Juicy and easy-going. A touch of green acidity on the palate but a pleasant drink. (JL)

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
15/20