The 2020 Vintage
The 2020 vintage was marked by 3 major climatic events:
After a mild winter, the 3rd mildest winter ever recorded, and a bud break 15 days ahead of schedule, the spring was marked by great humidity, with a record rainfall on the weekend of May 10 and 11. These climatic conditions caused the appearance of a very virulent mildew on our red grapes.
From mid-June onwards, the weather changed radically with a very dry summer marked by 8 weeks without rain, a first for the region of Bordeaux. The few rains in mid-August were essential to reactivate the ripening of the grapes. This drought had a major impact on the vines growing on gravels, which gave us small but very concentrated grapes.
Last but not least, the early harvest was marked by an unprecedented heat wave in mid-September. This had the effect of further concentrating the grapes. And for the third time in our history, we finished harvesting our last Cabernet-Sauvignon in September.
Period of harvest
Merlot: from Sept. 9 to 17
Cabernet Sauvignon: from Sept. 17 to 29
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Lagrave-Martillac Red 2020 has a garnet color with purple highlights. The nose is characterized by aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and red currant, with peppery notes and clove. The mouth reveals a nice fresh attack, a beautiful structure all in roundness on fine tannins. The fruit is crunchy, gourmand, accompanied by a light smokiness, typical of our gravelly soils. The final is persistant. To be consumed within 5 to 10 years.
Between 16°C / 61°F and 18°C / 64°F.