Chateau Le Pape Pessac-Leognan 2019
JS93: Wonderfully floral, Provencal-like aromas of lavender and roses with some stones. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a fresh finish. Lively and bright. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet sauvignon. Tasty and very drinkable now, but will age beautifully, too.
VM92: The 2019 Le Pape has a vivid bouquet of blackberry and raspberry scents, conveying the purity of a fine Burgundy, as I noted out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and plenty of tarry black fruit, but less creamy than before, revealing more structure and grip on the sappy, licorice-tinged finish. Give this 5–7 years in bottle.