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.
Lots of blackberry and dark chocolate with walnut and spice undertones. Medium to full body. Chewy finish. Yet, the tannins are fine and poised.
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.
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.
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)
Young 2026 - 2040
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