Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Sénéjac, HAUT-MÉDOC
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
The 2020 Sénéjac has held on to that seaweed tinged bouquet, with plenty of attractive blackberry and bilberry fruit, a strong estuarine influence at play here. The palate is medium-bodied, a little leaner than its peers, quite tensile though with a fresh, delineated finish. It has a spring in its step and it should drink well for 12-15 years. 89 Neal Martin, Vinous.
Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2020 Sénéjac features notes of sour cherries, raspberry leaves and redcurrants with a waft of tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate is crunchy and refreshing, delivering red berry and herbal flavours with a chewy texture and short, uncomplicated finish. 84-86 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.
Gentle coffee smoke on the nose and spiced waves of flavour that add interest and complexity. This is a good wine with gentle acidities and enough autumnal berry fruit to carry it off. Juicy on the finish, this is another successful vintage at Sénéjac. 91 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Black fruits dominate with the focus on blackcurrants, black cherries and plums with a soft undercurrent of savoury spice - liquorice, clove, cinnamon, chocolate and coffee beans. I like the dark fruit nature and the overall weight. Tannins are firm and supportive and this has a great juicy and fresh core that sustains the wine from start to finish. Much punchier than some of the other Médoc wines, this has push and persistence. Confident and characterful. Eric Boissenot consultant. 91 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2026 - 2040