2020 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2020 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2020 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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The 2020 Le Boscq is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, charcoal, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. This juicy, succulent Saint-Estèphe will drink well right away.

Drink from 2025 to 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2021)

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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni, Vinous89-91/100
Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
James Suckling91-92/100
Jeb Dunnuck90-92/100
Vinous88-91/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous89-91/100
The 2020 Le Boscq is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, charcoal, spice, menthol and licorice are front and center. This juicy, succulent Saint-Estèphe will drink well right away.

Drink from 2025 to 2035

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2021) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
The 2020 Le Boscq presents a perfumed, unusually floral bouquet (for this estate), violet and iris infusing the blackberry and cassis fruit. The palate has a succulent opening featuring plenty of sweet black cherry and strawberry fruit, almost confit-like, though the new oak comes across quite strongly toward the finish. The success of this Saint-Estèphe will depend on how well that oak is assimilated during élevage.

Drink from 2024 to 2035

Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021) Read more
James Suckling91-92/100
Blackberry, mushroom, bark and ink well on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, slightly austere tannins. Could use a little bit more in the center palate, but pretty length. So should be excellent. Wait and see

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck90-92/100
The 2020 Château Le Boscq offers up a rocking nose that includes lots of blue fruits, violets, and graphite, and it’s one of those wines you can easily identify as Saint-Estèphe in a blind tasting. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with elegant tannins and good purity, it comes across as slightly modern in style, with plenty of oak, yet I suspect that will integrate once this is in the bottle and it should be a classic, outstanding wine.

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (May 2021) Read more
Vinous88-91/100
The 2020 Le Boscq presents a perfumed, unusually floral bouquet (for this estate), violet and iris infusing the blackberry and cassis fruit. The palate has a succulent opening featuring plenty of sweet black cherry and strawberry fruit, almost confit-like, though the new oak comes across quite strongly toward the finish. The success of this Saint-Estèphe will depend on how well that oak is assimilated during élevage.

Neil Martin, vinous.com (April 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Chateau le Boscq

Chateau le Boscq

Château Le Boscq is a Cru Bourgeois wine estate in the St Estephe appellation in Bordeaux, and has been owned by Dourthe since 1995.  The Dourthe is part of the CVBG group, which also comprises Kressman and Delor,  and is one of the leading négociant companies in Bordeaux.

The property owns 18 hectares of vineyards with a high proportion of Merlot (60%).  Dourthe have managed the estate with a view to producing a high quality wine, with relatively low yields.

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St Estephe

St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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