Château Lespault-Martillac 2020 Pessac Léognan Rouge
Tight pencil lead, this is sleek and punchy, with cassis and bilberry fruit, all grilled up with dried herbs and cedar. Needs to soften over ageing but there is a lot to enjoy here.
The 2020 Lespault-Martillac, which is matured in 35% new oak, has an attractive nose with raspberry, cranberry and wild hedgerow scents. The oak here is neatly assimilated, straightforward and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, lightly spiced on the entry with gentle grip, harmonious and quite persistent towards the finish. This is a delightful Pessac-Léognan with joie-de-vivre.