Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Odyssée, Leoville Las Cases

$101

Bordeaux/Rhône Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Carignan.

This unusual and completely unique wine is a very special project, made with a combination of fruit from two wildly different geographic locations in France: Cabernet Sauvignon from slopes of deep gravel in the Graves du Médoc between Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe with Grenache and Mourvèdre from the pebbly, clay limestone soils of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas.
2020 blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Grenache, and 10% Carignan

A shared project between Pierre Grafeuille (now at Château Montrose - ex Léoville-Las Cases) and Matthieu Dumarcher, now five vintages in with an exceptional wine that seeks to capture the beauty of Bordeaux and the Rhone valley. it's intense, and the heat of 2020 seems to capture more Rhone character than Bordeaux. The spice is extremely present, toasted cumin and rosemary, black cherry and damson fruits, all stretched out and enticing. Good quality, with punch. 94 Jane Anson.

Composed of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Grenache, and 10% Carignan, the 2020 Odyssee is medium to deep garnet-purple in colour. After a little swirling, notes of black cherries, mulberries, and wild blueberries tumble from the glass, followed by hints of lavender, Indian spices, and dusty soil. The full-bodied palate is coated with expressive black fruits, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Odyssee is an eclectic blend of Bordeaux and Rhone vineyards, made by Bordeaux superstar Pierre Graffeuille (now CEO at Chateau Montrose) and Matthieu Dumarcher, a winemaker based in the Rhone. 94+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown.

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