2020 Lalande de Pomerol, Tasting Notes, Ratings, Vintage Reports


In many ways, 2020 Lalande de Pomerol resembles 2020 Pomerol. The vintage is perfect for the appellation. The wines show a good depth of color. They are heavily perfumed, often displaying flowers, chocolate, dark red fruits, and truffle fragrances.

In most cases, the fruits are dark, deep, sweet, and fresh with soft, lush, and silky textures. They can be enjoyed young, yet the best wines could age for up to 2 decades. For a detailed look at the harvest and growing season for 2020 Lalande de Pomerol, you can read about it in our look at the 2020 Pomerol Growing Season and Wine Buying Guide Report

2020 Lalande de Pomerol is well worth taking a serious look at. Part of the reason is, numerous growers have truly stepped up their game over the past few years. They are investing heavily in the vineyards and in their cellars.

The improvements are obvious, once you taste the wines. If you are a fan of Pomerol, and you have been priced out by some of your favorite estates, 2020 Lalande de Pomerol deserves your attention. In fact, I would not be surprised to see many, if not most of these wines score at the top of the range, once they are bottled and shipped.

The following 2020 Lalande de Pomerol wines were all tasted in my home office in non-blind conditions.

2020 Bechereau – Earthy, plummy, herbal and soft, the wine is medium-bodied, forward and finishes with a touch of herbs in the cherry-toned, firmed endnote. 87-89 Pts

2020 Bertineau Saint-Vincent – Showing a nice depth of color, the wine opens with chocolate, truffle, wet forest, back cherry and plum notes. Lush, round, and silky, with a nice touch of salinity in the tannins, the wine is fresh, sweet, polished and promising. This is going to be fun to enjoy in its youth, but it will age nicely. 90-92 Pts

2020 Canon Chaigneau – Chocolate-covered black cherries and plums show nicely on the nose and soft, silky, medium-bodied, fresh palate. You can enjoy this supple-textured, lush wine on release. 91-93 Pts

2020 Chambrun – Flowers, wet earth, black raspberries and cherries open the nose with ease. Medium-bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is, polished, sweet, elegant and creamy. Give this just a few years and it is going to be even better. 90-92 Pts

2020 Chenade – Flowers, cocoa and red fruits create the backdrop for this medium-bodied, fresh, lush, forward, already accessible charmer. The wine finishes with sweet, soft, earthy red fruits. You can enjoy this just about on release and for at least a decade after that. 89-91 Pts

2020 Enclos de Viaud – Flowers, cocoa, dusty plums and cherries on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, forward, and chocolatey with sweet, fresh plums and a touch of herbs in the elegant finish. 89-91 Pts

2020 Expression de Bechereau – This 100% Merlot is deeply colored with layers of sweet, dark, ripe cherries and plums. Supple, round and sweet, with freshness and a nice blast of cocoa-infused fruits in the finish, give it just a year or two and it will be even better. 90-92 Pts

2020 Gachet – Already accessible, this medium-bodied, simple, but fun to drink, this cherry and espresso-filled wine is round, fruity and ready to go. 89-91 Pts

2020 Grand Ormeau – Medium-bodied, fresh, racy and rich, here you find a core of dark chocolate-covered plums, espresso, spice and wet earth. Medium-bodied, lush and polished, the finish delivers more of those silky, chocolate-covered plums. 90-92 Pts

2020 Haut-Chaigneau – Medium-bodied, round, sweet, soft and easy to like, all the sweet, vibrant cherries will be available on release. This will be best to enjoy on the young side. 87-89 Pts

2020 Haut-Surget – Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, soft and sweet, the wine is forward, easy-drinking, fruity and charming. 87-89 Pts

2020 Hauts-Conseillants – Sweet, silky, plummy and fresh. Its core of ripe plums, cocoa, licorice and cherries come through from start to finish. This is a really nice, value-priced wine with good character from Lalande de Pomerol. 90-92 Pts

2020 Jean de Gue – Fresh, earthy, plummy and savory, with a hint of cocoa that rides on top of the ripe, red plums. This medium-bodied, chewy wine will be best in its first decade of life. 85-87 Pts

2020 La Fleur de Bouard – Flowers, plums, cherries, cocoa, wet earth, licorice, espresso and sweet, energetic, silky cherries are found on the nose and palate. The wine is elegant, fruity and supple, with chewy textures and loads of ripe fruit in the finish. 91-93 Pts

2020 La Fleur de Bouard Le Lion – Medium-bodied, fresh, savory, easy to like and even easier to drink, all you need to do is pop and pour. This crowd-pleaser is perfect for ordering in restaurants. 87-89 Pts

2020 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus – Dark purple in color, here you find loads of dark chocolate-covered black fruits, espresso, licorice and spice. Medium/full-bodied, with velvet, textured tannins and layers of sweet, supple fruits on the palate and in the back end. Give this 5 years or so in the bottle and it should really start to sing. 93-95 Pts

2020 La Fleur Chevrol – Fresh, soft, forward, medium-bodied and approachable, the wine is easy to drink with its focus on its core of plums, cherries and chocolate. You can drink this on release and over the next few years. 85-87 Pts

2020 La Sergue – A parcel selection from their best vines, the wine kicks off with chocolate-covered black plums, blackberry, licorice, smoke, flowers and wet earth. Lush, silky and polished, with a sense of minerality and loads of plush fruits on the mid-palate and finish, this is so nice to taste now, but 2-3 years of aging will make it even better. 91-93 Pts

2020 Lafleur de Viaud – Dark in color, the medium-bodied wine quickly shows its chocolate-coated cherry essence on the nose and palate. You should be able to enjoy this almost on release. 89-91 Pts

2020 Les Cruzelles – Dark ruby in color, the wine quickly expresses its plum, wet earth, chocolate, spice and licorice character. Lush, supple, fresh and loaded with opulent, sweet, dark red fruits, this silky, sensual wine offers length and lift. 92-94 Pts

2020 Maine-Chaigneau Cuvee JS – Dark, fleshy, ripe and polished, you easily find earthy, red and black plums, smoke, licorice, roasted red cherries and chocolate on the nose and palate, finishing with plushly textured plums and cocoa. You can enjoy this on release and for at least 12 years after that. 90-92 Pts

2020 Moncets – Medium-bodied, fresh, bright, earthy and fruity, with sharp red berries, spice and coffee bean on the nose and in the vibrant, savory finish. 87-89 Pts

2020 Rubis – Medium-bodied, soft, round, ripe, fruity and easy to like with all its lush, polished cherry tones and licorice on the nose and palate. This should be just great to enjoy on release. 88-90 Pts

2020 Sabines – Medium-bodied, soft, round, lush and open, the wine allows its cocoa dusted red and black plums, flowers and licorice nuances to come through on the nose, palate and finish easily. This is going to drink well on release. 89-91 Pts

2020 Sergant – Licorice, black raspberry, plums, herbs, smoke, espresso and a touch of chocolate cross your nose and palate with precision. Medium-bodied, silky, fresh and with a generous dose of ripe, dark red fruits, coffee bean and chocolate in the finish, give this just 2-3 years and it is going to be an outstanding wine to enjoy over the next 12-15 years. 89-91 Pts

2020 Siaurac – Showing a deep, rich color, the wine exudes spicy plums, truffle, smoke and herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied, soft and polished on the palate, the finish shows ripe cherry, licorice, earth, powdered cocoa and herbs. 89-91 Pts

2020 St. Jean de Lavaud (1.1) – Medium-bodied, ripe, soft and polished, with a core of cherries, smoke, incense and espresso, finishing with dark cocoa and plums. You can drink this on release. 86-88 Pts

2020 Tournefeuille – Dark in color, the wine is lush, round and polished, with loads of ripe, black plums, cherries wet earth, coffee bean and spice. Give it 2-3 years for the wine to develop and enjoy its silky-textured character for at least 12 or more years after that. 90-92 Pts

2020 Viaud – Medium-bodied, with a showy, oak-driven, earthy, black cherry nose. The wine is soft, round, forward, lush and polished with a nice sweetness along with a liberal dose of oak, black plums and cocoa in the finish. 89-91 Pts

2020 Vieille Dynastie – Medium-bodied, with a mix of herbs and sweet, red, stewed fruits, there is freshness and soft tannins, with an herbal, savory edge in the finish. Drink this on the young side. 85-87 Pts

2020 Vieux Chevrol – With a touch of oak, cocoa and plums on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and juicy with a core of bright red fruits, spearmint, espresso and leafy herbs in the finish. 86-88 Pts

This is the final report for the 2020 red Bordeaux wines. We have two more reports for you. A detailed look at all the best 2020 White Bordeaux wines and we will conclude our coverage of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage with a focus on 2020 Sweet Bordeaux wine from Sauternes and Barsac.

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