2020 Graves Red and White Wine In Bottle Report, Buying Guide


To discover the vintage conditions for 2020 Graves, please see 2020 Pessac Leognan. To read reports on the 2020 Bordeaux vintage in every appellation, as well as a 2020 Bordeaux vintage summary and analysis, please see The 2020 Bordeaux Complete Guide

All of the following 2020 Graves red and white wines were tasted in non-blind conditions.

2020 Bel Air Eiffel – Graves de Vayres – Medium-bodied, soft, chewy, and savory, with a salty, chalky accent to the finish, you can drink this on release. On a historical note, the vineyard was until recently owned by a descendant of Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel tower. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2023-2028. 87 Pts

2020 Bernard Reglat La Graveliere Parcelle 1877 – Graves – Smoke, flowers,, and red fruits create the nose. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, and already quite easy to drink, the wine finishes with soft, red plums with a hint of licorice that comes in at the very end. Drink from 2023-2029. 88 Pts

2020 Brondelle – Graves – Smoke, flowers, cherry, and mocha nuances are easy to find in the nose, and the soft, fresh, already drinkable palate. Drink from 2023-2031. 88 Pts

2020 Brondelle Blanc – Graves – Zesty citrus, and creamy lemons, flowers, and mango combine to form the core of this wine. Creamy, fresh, and forward, this is fully ready-to-go for easy, white wine imbibing. Dring from 2023-2029. 88 Pts

2020 Cerons – Graves – Crisp cherries with a splash of orange rind coupled with a liberal dose of herbs, and olives in this medium-bodied, early-drinking wine. Drink from 2023-2030. 85 Pts

2020 Chantegrive – Graves – Smoky cherries are at the core of this wine. One of the top wines from the Southern Graves, the wine is already open, and accessible allowing you to enjoy all of its earthy, red, chocolate, and espresso-tinted, sweet fruits. Forward, medium-bodied, and ready-to-go. you can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2023-2035. 90 Pts

2020 Chantegrive Blanc – Graves – Vibrant, fresh, yellow-citrus oriented, forward wine with a nice pop of green apples in the juicy finish. This is a solid white Bordeaux wine value. Drink from 2023-2029. 90 Pts

2020 Chantegrive Caroline Blanc – Graves – Creamy, fresh peaches, and citrus rind with a floral edge create the core of this wine. On the palate, the wine is creamy, lively, and sweet, with a sweet, yellow citrus finish. Drink from 2023-2029. 91 Pts

2020 Clos Castelot Bussac – Graves de Vayres – Medium-bodied, bright crisp red fruits with strong, herbal accents, and a soft, peppery, red currant finish. This will be best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2028. 84 Pts

2020 Clos Floridene Blanc – Graves – White peach, lemon rind, and flowers on the front in the nose, and creamy, sweet, yellow citrus with a touch of orange peel in the finish is what you are going to discover here. Drink from 2023-2027. 90 Pts

2020 Clos Floridène – Graves – Savory-edged, bright, spicy, red plums, and currants on the nose lead you to the vibrant, chewy, lifted, red berry filled, medium-bodied palate with its dusty tannins in the finish. Drink from 2023-2032. 89 Pts

2020 Crabitey – Graves – Sweet, and tart, vibrant cherries with accents of tobacco leaf, and herbs resonate in the nose, and palate of this medium-bodied, forward, dusty-textured palate. Drink from 2023-2031. 87 Pts

2020 Crabitey Blanc – Graves – Flowers, white peaches, lemons, and freshness with a creamy, vibrant, yellow citrus, and green apple-packed finish. Drink from 2023-2027. 89 Pts

2020 des Fougeres Clos Montesquieu – Graves – Much better in the bottle than in the barrel, the wine opens with a strong savory edge to the leafy tobacco, and red currant nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, bright, dusty, and crisp, with a peppery accent to the herbs, and red fruits, with a hint of cocoa in the finish. This will probably be at its best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2030. 87 Pts

2020 du Mouret – Graves – Bright, orange, and yellow citrus-oriented wine with a touch of leafy herbs in the finish that will be at its best over the next year or two. Drink from 2023-2025. 84 Pts

2020 Fage – Graves de Vayres – Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, forward, early-drinking, tobacco-stained, red berry filled wine that will offer pleasure on release. Drink from 2023-2029. 88 Pts

2020 Ferrande – Graves – Medium-bodied, silky, vibrant, and with a nice punch of savory, red fruits, and cigar wrapper in the nose, and on the palate, this is a superb example of Graves that while it can be enjoyed young, it will also reward a few years of cellaring as well. Drink from 2024-2037. 91 Pts

2020 Ferrande Blanc – Graves – Flowers, green apples, and waxy lemons come through on the nose, and on the creamy, lemon-edged, spicy, vivacious palate. This is a superb value-priced white Bordeaux wine. Drink from 2023-2027. 90 Pts

2020 Goudichaud – Graves de Vayres – Medium-bodied, round-textured, fruity, savory, earthy, smoky, and dusty, this is a nice chewy mouthful of nice, ripe, earthy, dark red fruits with touches of herbs, cigar box, spearmint, and a hint of cocoa at the backend. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2023-2030. 89 Pts

2020 Goudichaud Blanc – Graves de Vayres – Cantaloup, orange rind, and honey with yellow peaches show up in this forward, easy-drinking, simple white wine. Drink from 2023-2025. 85 Pts

2020 Haura – Graves – Fresh, bright, crisp, and spicy notes kick off the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, and vibrant, with a leafy, peppery component to the bright red berries. Drink from 2023-2030. 87 Pts

2020 Lesparre – Graves de Vayres – Earthy with underbrush, and red fruits in the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, with a touch of herbs, olives, freshness, and red fruits in a savory finish that will be perfect on release. Drink from 2023-2028. 87 Pts

2020 Mamin – Graves – Very savory on the nose with smoke, cedar, cherry, and strawberry accents. Medium-bodied, round, and chewy, with green olives, and almost candied plums with tints of peppery spices in the finish. The wine is an interesting blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2023-2027. 87 Pts

2020 Mayne du Cros – Graves – Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, round, and forward, the wine is loaded with luscious, olive-tinted, red fruits, cedar, tobacco leaf, and smoke. Drink from 2023-2032. 89 Pts

2020 Mejean – Graves – Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, polished, and bright, with a core of tobacco-edged currants, and cherries on the nose, mid-palate, and all over the easy-to-like finish. Drink from 2023-203. 89 Pts

2020 Petit Puch – Graves de Vayres – Salty, roasted, dark fruits, herbs, olives, and thyme crowd into the glass. Chewy, and a bit coarse, but concentrated, and full, with an herbal, cedar, and tobacco finish. Drink from 2024-2032. 88 Pts

2020 Portets – Graves – Medium-bodied, soft, silky fresh, and forward, with a dusty edge to the tannins, and a touch of spearmint that comes along with the crunchy red berries in the finish. Drink from 2023-2030. 90 Pts

2020 Portets Blanc – Graves – Fresh, bright, crisp blend of vibrant yellow citrus with a dash of lime creates a refreshing, easy-to-drink wine that will be ready to go on release. Drink from 2023-2027. 87 Pts

2020 Rahoul – Graves – Fresh, silky, sweet, forward, and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied, with a core of sweet, perfectly ripe, elegant, smoked red fruits, and tobacco leaf that you can already find in the mid-palate, and in the finish. Drink from 2023-2037. 90 Pts

2020 Rahoul Blanc – Graves – Spicy lemons, white flowers, white peaches, and citrus rind form the complex aromatic profile. Fresh, and lifted on the palate, the wine pops with sweet Meyer lemons in the creamy finish. Drink from 2023-2029. 91 Pts

2020 Respide Callipyge – Graves – Medium-bodied, with a core of dried flowers, mint-leaf, wet earth, and crunchy red berries for near-term enjoyment. Drink from 2023-2031. 88 Pts

2020 Roquetaillade La Grange – Graves – A value-priced gem this is already a treat to taste due to its soft, silky textures, fresh, sweet, vibrant red fruits, and its refined, easy-to-like finish. Drink from 2023-2034. 90 Pts

2020 Saint-Robert – Graves – Smoky mint, tobacco, and red currants open the perfume. Medium-bodied, elegant, and fresh, with lift, energy, and a kick of spice in the red pit fruit finish. Drink from 2023-2034. 90 Pts

2020 Saint Robert Blanc – Graves – Golden Delicious apples, waxy lemons and white peaches show on the nose and in the easy-going, finish, ending with juicy apples and lemon peel notes in the sweet, lively finish. Drink from 2023-2026. 88 Pts

2020 Tourteau Chollet – Graves – Medium-bodied, fresh, soft, forward, plummy, and already open with tobacco, and cherry-filled core of fruit. Drink from 2023 – 2028. 86 Pts

2020 Tourteau Chollet Blanc – Graves – Easy-drinking, simple, lemon, and green apple-filled wine with a light, citrus character in the finish for early drinking. Drink from 2023-2025. 84 Pts

Up next, we are going to cover all of the best 2020 Pessac Leognan Red and White Wines before we return to the Right Bank for a deep dive with more than 200 different 2020 St. Emilion wines. There is a lot more coverage of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage coming up on a daily basis.

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