- Château Les Grandes Murailles
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- Case size
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Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Les Grandes Murailles was picked September 15–18 at 38hl/ha and matured in 50% new oak. It has a precocious bouquet of intense red berries, raspberry confit, touches of humidor and a touch of orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with a little chewiness on the entry. This is quite a solid Les Grandes Murailles, very saline in the mouth, leading to a grippy, slightly tarry finish. Broody at the moment. I suspect this will require 4–5 years in bottle before it shows what it is capable of. Drink 2026 - 2050
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Les Grandes Murailles is fabulous. Rich, effusive and vibrant, it possesses terrific energy and plenty of verve. A whole range of floral and spice notes opens first as this chiseled, finely sculpted Saint-Émilion gradually unfolds in the glass. A wine of reserve and character, the Les Grandes Murailles is shaping up to be a gem. Drink 2030 - 2050
James Suckling, April 2021,
Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry with layers of fruit and ripe tannins. It’s full and layered with so much going on. Impressive.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Deep in color, the wine hits you up with its bouquet of flowers, licorice, crushed rocks, red and black plums, smoke, and blackberries. On the palate, the wine is silky, refined, supple and fresh. The finish leaves you with dark cocoa-dusted plums, thyme and creme de cassis. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot and is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. 92-94
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Dark purplish crimson. Tight knit, rather stony nose and then masses of sweet fruit on the palate with marked acidity on the end. Quite hard work on the finish at the moment but at least there is ripe fruit as well as all that acid and tannin. Still pretty unresolved but it will probably get there.
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
An estate readers need to have on their radar (as well as their buy list) is the 2020 Château Les Grandes Murailles, which comes from a great, yet tiny terroir situated next to Clos Fourtet. All Merlot, it offers medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of mulled cherries, blue fruits, cassis, and graphite, with some hints of scorched earth in the background. With beautiful purity, a layered, elegant texture, and just about flawless tannins, it’s a remarkable Saint-Emilion readers will love. It should keep for 15-20 years.
Château Les Grandes Murailles
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.