Located inland, the two smallest appellations in the Medoc, Moulis, and Listrac, are not always easy to ripen, as both appellations have a cooler terroir with less access to water than many of their neighboring vineyards in the Haut Medoc appellation.
But with 2020 Bordeaux, there are 2020 Listrac and 2020 Moulis wines that are worth checking out. At their best, as you can see from the wine tasting notes below, they can offer style, character, and early drinkability, plus, for wines with their level of quality, they are always quite well-priced. So, if you are a fan of Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon blends, with a healthy dose of Merlot, 2020 is a vintage worth checking out. 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 Listrac and 2020 Moulis wines were tasted in non-blind conditions.
2020 Anthonic – Moulis en Médoc – Flowers, wet earth, tobacco, and red plums show in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, chewy, fresh, and fruity, with no hard edges., and, you can enjoy it on release. Drink from 2023-2032. 87 Pts
2020 Branas-Grand-Poujeaux – Moulis en Médoc – Scoring at the top of the range, due to all of the freshness, and vibrance in the sweet, plums, and cherries, the tannins are soft, polished, and elegant, giving you the opportunity to enjoy all the chocolate, plums, and sweet, spicy, earthy, ripe fruits in the finish. Drink from 2023-2040. 93 Pts
2020 Cap Léon Veyrin – Listrac-Médoc – Medium-bodied, spicy, and savory, with fresh, juicy, red currants in the nose, on the palate, and in the finish. You can enjoy this with ease on release. Drink from 2023-2030. 89 Pts
2020 Caroline – Moulis en Médoc – Flowers, leafy herbs, cherries, and raspberries appear on the nose and palate of this forward, soft, vibrant, but, lighter style of wine. This should be delicious on release, and over the next few years. Drink from 2023-2029. 87 Pts
2020 Cartujac – Moulis en Médoc – Medium-bodied, tart, bright, peppery red fruits with a hint of cedar that will be best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2027. 84 Pts
2020 Chasse Spleen – Moulis en Médoc – Red, and black cherries, spice box, and dried flowers shoot from the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, and lively, with a brisk, spicy red berry, tea, and olive finish. Drink from 2025-2040. 90 Pts
2020 Chemin Royal – Moulis en Médoc – More mint, licorice, and oak than fruit in the nose, the wine is better on the palate with layers of round, cherries, and a strong hit of espresso. Drink from 2023-2032. 89 Pts
2020 Clarke – Listrac-Médoc – Chewy, leafy, savory, earthy, chalky currants with leafy accents, and a hint of spice is what you will find in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, fresh, earthy, classic, slightly rustic palate. Drink from 2023-2038. 89 Pts
2020 Dutruch GrandPoujeaux – Moulis en Médoc – Spicy currants with a hint of oak drive the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, round, sweet, polished, fruity, and fresh, with raspberries, red currants, and ripe strawberries with a sprig of mint, and plenty of lift in the finish. palate. You can enjoy this on the young side. Drink from 2023-2038. 91 Pts
2020 Fonreaud – Listrac-Médoc – Cigar box, cedar, and earthy currants take over the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with soft tannins, and a crispness to the red fruits on the mid-palate, and in the sweet, chewy, savory, minty finish. You can enjoy this shortly after release. Drink from 2023-2035. 88 Pts
2020 Fourcas Hosten – Listrac-Médoc – Blackberries, currants, cedar, and tobacco for the nose. From there you find, ample, sweet, ripe, fresh, spicy, chewy red currants, soft, ripe tannins, and a blast of red fruits that start in the mid-palate, and stick with you through the finish. This is a solid value from Listrac that value seekers should look out for. Drink from 2023-2038. 90 Pts
2020 Fourcas-Dupre – Listrac-Médoc – First, firm, and crisp, with a bit of a chewy texture to the fruits in the vibrant, medium-bodied palate, the wine already offers sweet, vibrant red fruits with a touch of savory, refreshing mint, and cocoa in the finish. Drink from 2024-2038. 91 Pts
2020 La Garricq – Moulis en Médoc – Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, and almost polished, with loads of spice, flowers, and soft, creamy red fruits that will be perfect for enjoyment in its youth. The wine blends 54% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2023-2032. 90 Pts
2020 Lestage – Listrac-Médoc – Licorice, tobacco, mint, black cherries, and currants create the attention-seeking nose. Round, fresh, and loaded with sweet, lush, dark cherries, silky tannins, and freshness with blackberries, and spice that kicks in on the backend. This has improved quite nicely during the aging period. Drink from 2023-2038. 90 Pts
2020 Malmaison – Moulis en Médoc – Dried flowers, cherries, and spice create the nose. On the palate, the wine has improved in the barrel. Now you find sweet, red fruits, savory herbs, peppery spices, and a touch of dust to the tannins, along with hints of cocoa in the otherwise, supple, savory-edged finish. Drink from 2023-2034. 89 Pts
2020 Maucaillou – Moulis en Médoc – Earthy, with a floral touch to the plums, herbs, tobacco, and espresso on the nose, and palate. The finish is focused on its core of sweet, red cherries, and spice, which comes in with the endnote. Drink from 2023-2034. 88 Pts
2020 Mauvesin Barton – Moulis en Médoc – Dried flowers, leafy herbs, tobacco, and red currants work together to form the nose. Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, supple, and aching to share its sweet red fruits, this is already delicious in your glass. Drink from 2023-2035. 90 Pts
2020 Poujeaux – Moulis en Médoc – Flowers, smoke, cherries, espresso, and powdered cocoa open the perfume. The wine is medium-bodied, with lift, vibrance, and loads of sweet, ripe, juicy pure red fruits with a touch of citrus, and dark chocolate in the endnote. This is a strong vintage for Poujeaux. In fact, it could be about the best vintage I have ever tasted here. Drink from 2024-2045. 93 Pts
2020 Saransot-Dupre – Listrac-Médoc – Flowers, herbs, tobacco leaf, and red currants with a touch of cocoa on the nose, and palate. The wine is fresh, medium-bodied, bright, and crisp, with an herbal, minty, edge to the red fruits on the palate, and in the soft, round, finish. Drink from 2023-2037. 90 Pts
Up next, we will take a look at all of the best 2020 Haut Medoc wines. We taste and rate over 60 of these wines!
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