Chateau Taillefer 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)

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Alistair Cooper MW
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The Wine Advocate
  • Sustainable
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CHTF202010 UCAU
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The 12 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Taillefer is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a continuing change in the vineyard as Chateau Taillefer has over the years removed the substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard, while continuing to increase the Merlot. This process is being done slowly, to maintain the average vine age at close to 30 years of age. The terroir is sand and gravel with deposits of iron in the soils. In fact the iron in the soil is where the estate found the inspiration for its name from, as Taillefer comes from the phrase to cut iron, which is a reference to the iron in the terroir. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. Most of the vineyard is located close to the chateau with sand and gravel soils. But they also have vines planted in gravel soils that are well placed, not too far from Chateau Figeac in St. Emilion
The 12 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Taillefer is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a continuing change in the vineyard as Chateau Taillefer has over the years removed the substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard, while continuing to increase the Merlot. This process is being done slowly, to maintain the average vine age at close to 30 years of age. The terroir is sand and gravel with deposits of iron in the soils. In fact the iron in the soil is where the estate found the inspiration for its name from, as Taillefer comes from the phrase to cut iron, which is a reference to the iron in the terroir. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. Most of the vineyard is located close to the chateau with sand and gravel soils. But they also have vines planted in gravel soils that are well placed, not too far from Chateau Figeac in St. Emilion

Scores & Reviews

16.5+ / 20

Alistair Cooper MW

Floral and violet notes on the nose mingle with some cinnamon spice. Superb extraction of tannins, precise and almost like gentle pinpricks over the mouth, excellent oak integration in a medium bodied sty;e. A cloud of ripe and succulent dark fruits, mulbery and pepper leads to a long and textured finish. This carries itself so well and I suspect will become a really lovely wine in the coming years.