The 2021 Château Bouscaut shows the more linear, straight, medium-bodied style of the vintage as well as quality notes of darker, chocolaty fruits and notes of tobacco and dried herbs. This fresh, focused, classic 2021 has lots to like, and it should be ready to go on release.
Jeb Dunnuck (June 2022)Score: 86-88/135
Leafy herbs, tobacco leaf, black raspberries and red plums on the nose. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is fresh, bright and a bit light, with a soft, vibrant, soft, olive-tinted, red cherry finish.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (May 2022)Score: 91-93/100Drink 2023-2033
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2021 Bouscaut rouge features notions of baked blackberries and raspberry coulis with wafts of Bing cherries, bay leaves, and graphite. The light to medium-bodied palate is chewy, with plenty of herb-tinged red fruits and a grippy finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2022)Score: 82-84/100Drink 2025-2032
This is a Bouscaut with clear freshness to it, more than many vintages, but still with damson fruits and lovely white pepper notes. Enjoyable, balanced, more austere than normal, but their exuberant approach carries through in the tannin quality, and there is still signature glamour, in short supply in 2021 reds. Will fill out further over ageing, and then needs a few years to soften, but will begin delivering within four or five years. Tasted twice.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2022)Score: 89/100Drink 2025-2038
Dark bramble tones on the nose. The palate is light and friendly, the initial fruit flavour has a sharp almost sour edge, focused and majoring on red berry fruit before the tannins come in and close things down a bit too soon giving the dry, chalky, mineral-edged texture to the tongue and palate. There is a nice cooling undercurrent and a long finish suggesting ageing will give cohesion to this. Good effort in the vintage. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend.
Georgie Hindle, Decanter (April 2022)Score: 89/100Drink 2024-2035
The 2021 Bouscaut reveals aromas of plummy fruit and creamy new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, tangy and rather chewy palate that illustrates the limitations of extractive winemaking styles in a vintage of marginal maturity.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2022)Score: 86-87/100