2020 Château Rahoul, Graves

The 2020 Rahoul from Graves is an impressive wine. It's quite a deep and intense nose here, as often at this estate, and there's stunning purity of tannins on the palate. This is clearly Graves: a wine that shows its origins beautifully, at an outstanding price.

Critic score
90/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£12.88
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£77.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2024 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Rahoul, Graves

TASTING NOTES

Lots of chocolate, blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins. Structured and polished for this appellation.

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

Bright, a little soft through the mid palate but good quality. Enjoyable, succulent nectarine fruits as it opens. 15% new oak for eight months ageing with lees stirring.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
89/100

The 2020 Rahoul feels a little subdued on the nose and lacks the exuberance and vivacity of its peers. That said, I appreciate the black olive tincture that emerges with aeration. The palate is better, very marine-influenced with fine acidity and good grip, though it cuts away too swiftly toward the finish. It’s difficult to see where this will end up after bottling. Two bottles tasted with consistent notes.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(87—89)/100

Mid crimson. More evolved than the Médoc heavy hitters. But with very nice sweet, ripe tannins and a refreshing aspect to it. Very sincere. Even if not especially concentrated. Light, fresh, relatively simple. But well made for what it is. Len Evans (who persuaded his financier friend Peter Fox to buy this property way back in the 1970s) can sleep easy in his grave.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16/20