2021 St. Emilion In Bottle Guide Tasting Notes, Ratings PT 2 Wines G-M

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All of the following 2021 Saint Emilion wines were tasted in my home office in non-blind tasting conditions.

Please note that due to the size of the 2021 St. Emilion Wine Guide, (With over 150 wines reviewed) this report has been published in 3 parts. This is Part 2. For the other articles 2021 St. Emilion Pt 1 Wines A-F Part 3 — 2021 St. Emilion Pt 3 Wines N-Z

2021 Gourdins – St. Émilion – Earthy, floral, raspberry and red cherry oriented wine with softness to the fruits and a lightness to the fresh, peppered berries in the finish. This perfect for near-term enjoyment. Drink from 2024-2029. 87 Pts

2021 Grand Destieu – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Licorice, cherries, and cocoa work together in the nose and on the medium-bodied, soft palate. The finish is light, but also, fresh, and with sweetness to the red fruits on the backend. Drink from 2024-2031. 88 Pts

2021 Grand Mayne – St. Émilion Grand Cru – They are clearly on a roll at Grand Mayne lately. Even in this difficult vintage, the wine has more than enough black cherries, licorice, plums, espresso, and flowers to keep it interesting. Medium-bodied, soft, round and forward, this is going to be easy to enjoy on release, or with just a bit of age. Drink from 2025-2044. 92 Pts

2021 Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Black cherries, flowers and a background note of fig pop in the nose easily. Light, but pretty fruit that is sweet and fresh, leaving you with black raspberries, dark chocolate and peppery cherries. You can enjoy this on release. Drink from 2024-2034. 90 Pts

2021 Grand-Corbin – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Plummy, spicy, medium-bodied, light, and already easy-to-drink, the wine finishes with dusty-textures, licorice, cherries and cocoa with espresso beans. Drink from 2024-2034. 90 Pts

2021 Grand-Corbin-Despagne – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Fennel, black cherries, espresso and flowers show in the aromatic profile. The palate is medium-bodied, soft fresh and creamy, with a lean to its bright cherry side of the style range. Drink from 2024-2037 92 Pts

2021 Grandes Murailles – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Wild cherries, black raspberries, flowers, licorice and mint leaf with a hit of espresso form the core of this silky, fresh, creamy wine. The sweetness in the cherries on the backend are quite nice. This is the finial vintage of Les Grandes Murailles as subsequent vintages will be blended into Clos Fourtet. As the vineyards were adjacent, with the same terroir, this is a good thing for future vintages of Clos Fourtet. Drink from 2024-2037. 92 Pts

2021 Harmonie – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Medium-bodied, with a core of accessible chocolate coated cherries in the nose and on the palate, this is going to be delicious and quite easy to enjoy on release and over the next decade or so. Drink from 2024-2035. 90 Pts

2021 Haut Brisson – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, energetic and polished with sweetness to the red fruits and a complicating touch of orange rind and spice in the finish. Drink from 2024-2032. 90 Pts

2021 Haut Rocher – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Spicy savory herbs, espresso and red fruits form the character of this medium-bodied, soft, fresh, wine. This is going to be easy to enjoy on release with its sweet, soft, red cherry profile. Drink from 2024-2036. 89 Pts

2021 Haut Veyrac – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Savory herbs, underbrush, flowers and black raspberries are found in the nose, and in the medium-bodied, vibrant, crisp, bright red fruit, oriented palate. Drink from 2024-2030. 89 Pts

2021 Jean Faure – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Floral, fruity, elegant, soft, vibrant creamy, there is a lot of lift, energy and life in the core of red fruits here. The finish has polish and a refreshing note of mint that hangs on in the backend. The wine is made from a blend of 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot, which is the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc ever used in blend. Hopefully, they will continue using more Cab Franc in future vintages as it really works here. Drink from 2024-2038. 92 Pts

2021 L’Annonciation – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Savory herbs, pine resin, camphor and red fruits create the nose. The bright palate is focused on its red berries and crisp, minty, short finish. Drink from 2024-2030. 87 Pts

2021 La Bienfaisance Sanctus – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Loads of underbrush along with savory-edged red fruits open the wine in the nose. The palate, is fresh, soft and polished with sweetness and lift to its raspberries and red cherries. This will be quite nice to enjoy on release. Drink from 2024-2034. 90 Pts

2021 La Commanderie – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Savory red fruits and herbs open the nose. The wine is soft, medium-bodied, and showcases its blend of herbs, tobacco, cedar, mint and bright, red fruits and green olives with ease. You can enjoy this on release. Drink from 2024-2032. 89 Pts

2021 La Confession – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Espresso, flowers, cherries and smoke are easy to spot in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is round, supple and creamy, with touches of coffee bean, vanilla, spice and sweet red fruits. Drink from 2024-2038. 92 Pts

2021 La Croix Younan – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Black cherries, espresso, smoke and licorice create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, round, forward and fruity, with a core of ripe black and red cherries and green olives with herbs that carry from the mid-palate through to the finish. Drink from 2024-2034. 88 Pts

2021 La Croizille – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Medium-bodied, fresh, bright red cherries and plums are soft, forward and approachable, but instead of complexity, the wine is more on the pleasant, simple, red cherry side of the style range. Drink from 2024-2031. 88 Pts

2021 La Dominique – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Vibrant, elegant, fresh, soft and discreet, this wine is about its refined character, which is on display with its nuances of fresh picked flowers, herbs, soft-textured, energetic, red fruits and herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, energetic with already expresses its core of red fruits and herbs. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2024-2042. 92 Pts

2021 La-Fleur-Morange – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, cherries, espresso, spice and hints of savory herbs create the nose. The palate, which is even better is soft, supple and fresh, with a sweetness to its plummy, chocolatey core in the finish. Drink from 2024-2038. 91 Pts

2021 La Fleur Morange Mathilde – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Earthy, peppery red fruits with just a taste of oak and cocoa are perfect for the nose and palate here. The wine is forward, fresh and finishes with salty plums and savory herbs. Drink from 2024-2034 90 Pts

2021 La Fleur Pourret – St. Émilion Grand Cru – From the Family Manoncourt that owns Chateau Figeac, the same team that produces Figeac makes this wine. Medium-bodied, with a core of strawberries, cherries, and red plums, accented with herbs, and olives in the fresh, finish, this is going to quite easy to imbibe as soon as the wine hits the stores. Drink from 2024-2032. 90 Pts

2021 La Fleur d’Arthus – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Bright, light, fresh, forward and with loads of spicy cherries and a touch of savory herbs, the wine is fresh, polished and creamy on the palate and finish. Drink from 2024-2034. 90 Pts

2021 La Marzelle – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Candied cherries and espresso with hints of cocoa pop in the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, polished, round and creamy with an herbal note in the finish that stick out. Drink from 2024-2035. 90 Pts

2021 La Mondotte – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, citrus, black raspberries, plums, wet earth, herbs, and salty crushed stones define the perfume, as well as the core of the wine. On the palate, the wine is bright, fresh, chalky, vibrant, and mineralistic, giving the fruit a salty edge, adding to its medium-bodied, bright, character. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. Normally, La Mondotte is a wine requiring aging before it really begins to express itself. However, you can enjoy this within a year or two of release. Drink from 2026-2048. 94 Pts

2021 La Rose Pourret – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Chocolate, mocha, spice, espresso and red fruits create the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh and fruity, with sweetness and vibrancy to the red berries on the backend. This is perfect to enjoy on release. Drink from 2024-2036. 90 Pts

2021 La-TourFigeac – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, cocoa, red fruits, herbs and a light dash of spice that hides in the background of the nose. Medium-bodied, soft, and fresh, with sweetness and energy to the fruits on the palate that delivers all the way through to the finish. Drink from 2024-2036. 92 Pts

2021 Lafon La Tuilerie – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Fresh, bright, red plums, cherries and raspberries are all over the place here, in the nose, and on the palate, with its medium-bodied, minty, cherry oriented, bright finish. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot that comes from a small, 2.3 hectare parcel of vines, recently purchased by Silvio Denz. Drink from 2024-2036. 90 Pts

2021 Laforge – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Fresh, forward, and fruity, the wine is soft, creamy, vibrant and already focused on delivering its core of bright red fruits, peppery spice, savory herbs and toasty oak as soon as it hits the stores. The wine needs a bit of time to better integrate its oaky finish. Drink from 2025-2033. 90 Pts

2021 Laniote – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Savory-edged, red fruits, licorice and smokey notes open the wine. Medium-bodied, light, bright, and fresh with a vibrant core of red fruits in the mid-palate and in the earthy, herb-touched, peppery finish. Drink from 2024-2033. 89 Pts

2021 Larcis Ducasse – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Elegant, charming and filled with crushed stones, flowers, spice, tobacco, and chocolate covered cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, salty and chewy. This is a finesse-styled vintage with a savory edge to the black cherries on the mid-palate and in the oceanic finish. The wine blends 86% Merlot with 14% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2045. 93 Pts

2021 Larmande – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Dried flowers, red fruits, licorice, and spice create the nose and palate. The wine is soft, forward, medium-bodied, with a core of bright, crisp, red berries and apples. This is ready to go on release. Drink from 2024-2035. 90 Pts

2021 Laroque – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Dried flowers, forest floor, licorice, cocoa, wild cherries, black raspberries and strawberries define the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is supple, creamy, fresh, and most importantly, pure with the essence of its sweet, ripe, mildly salty, red fruits, and soft, silky tannins to make the lingering taste, and feel great. The wine was made with 99% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2040. 93 Pts

2021 Laroze – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, espresso, licorice, cocoa and black cherries pop into the perfume. The palate is medium-bodied, creamy fresh and sweet, with energetic red fruits and chocolate in the finish. Drink from 2024-2036. 90 Pts

2021 Le Dome – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Ocean breezes, cherries, and cocoa pop in the bouquet. On the palate, the wine is supple, vibrant, fresh and salty, which helps you focus on its savory, sweet, tart, bright, salty, minty characteristics. The wine blends 80% Cabernet Franc with 20% Merlot, including fruit normally placed into Les Asteries, which was not produced this year. 2021 is the first vintage produced in their new, show-piece cellars. Drink from 2026-2045. 94 Pts

2021 Le Prieure – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Crushed rocks, flowers, espresso, and licorice define the perfume. The medium-bodied palate is defined by its freshness, sweetness and vibrancy in its red fruits which are made better by the wines oceanic influences and refreshing touch of mint that is on display on the backend. Drink from 2024-2038. 93 Pts

2021 Lif – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Richly colored with chocolate-covered cherries, flowers, licorice, and a background note of espresso. Elegant, clean, pure and fresh, there is lift and vibrancy on the palate and in the fruit. The wine finishes with crushed rocks, stones, and espresso accents, with peppery spices that add to the silky-textured plums and cherries in the backend. The wine blends 79% Merlot with 21% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2050. 95 Pts

2021 Louis – St. Émilion Grand Cru – The flowers, and cherries with their chocolate edge in the nose sets you off the right direction. The medium-bodied palate is soft, polished and sweet, with a focus on its core of black cherries in the mid-palate that carries through to the savory, chalky, olive-tinted finish. Drink from 2024-2034. 90 Pts

2021 Lynsolence – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Espresso, dark chocolate, mint and black cherries open the bouquet. Soft, fresh and almost creamy, the wine finishes with salty cherries and herbs. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2024-2035. 91 Pts

2021 Magnan la Gaffeliere – St. Émilion Grand Cru – On the bright, crisp, fresh side of the style range with its focus on all of its black raspberries, herbs, licorice and espresso, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, almost light in the palate with a medicinal edge to its peppery red fruits and menthol edge to the finish. Drink from 2024-2032. 88 Pts

2021 Mangot – St. Émilion Grand Cru – A touch a spice, espresso, flowers, black raspberries and black cherries get you going. The palate is even a step better with its medium-bodied, sweet, creamy red fruits and freshness. Not as dense as previous vintages, but still quite nice. The wine is aged in a combination of new, French oak, foudre and clay amphora. Drink from 2024-2037. 92 Pts

2021 Mangot Todeschini Distique 14 – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, spice, red plums, mint and an array of spices form the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is fresh, creamy and equally vibrant with layers of sweet, ripe red fruits. There is a nice sweetness to the fruits along with a touch refreshing mint on the backed, making this quite nice for the vintage. The wine is aged without new oak in a combination of amphora and foudres. Drink from 2024-2038. 93 Pts

2021 Mauvinon – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Red berries with a minty accent on the nose and palate. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, high-pitched and ready-to-go with a chalky edge to the finish. Drink from 2024-2030. 89 Pts

2021 Milens – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Black raspberries, spice, espresso and licorice form the nose. The palate is even better with its soft, fresh, energetic splash of cherries, cocoa, black raspberries and mint that stick with you from start to finish. Drink from 2024-2037. 90 Pts

2021 Millery – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Espresso, chocolate, plums, cherries and flowers fill the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, soft, elegant and fresh, with sweetness to the fruits and an air of refinement in the finish. This is a wine to look out for as it is owned and produced by the same team that owns and produces Chateau Figeac. Drink from 2024-2038. 92 Pts

2021 Monbousquet – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Black cherries, flowers and licorice carry the perfume. The palate is even better with its creamy-textured plums, cherries and salty, dark chocolate character. This is going to drink well on release and for at least 12 years. Close to 50% of the crop was lost to the frost. The wine blends 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2024-2037. 91 Pts

2021 Monlot – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, cherries and licorice shoot from the glass in the perfume. The palate is soft, round and fruity with sweetness to the black cherries and plums from the mid-palate, through to the endnotes of the finish. I like the softness on the palate and the right touch of cocoa that comes through on the backend. Drink from 2024-2037. 91 Pts

2021 Montlabert – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Black cherries and black raspberries are front and center here in this medium bodied, soft, fruity, plummy wine. There is lift, energy and creamy-textures, but not a lot of length and persistency. Drink from 2024-2036. 90 Pts

2021 Montlabert La Croix – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Forward, fresh, lighter-styled wine that offers pleasant, uncomplicated, easy-drinking over the next few years. Drink from 2024-2028. 85 Pts

2021 Montlisse – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Espresso, dark chocolate, smoked herbs, black cherries and black raspberries for the core of the nose. On the palate, the wine is spicy with espresso accents to red fruit on the medium-bodied, fresh, polished palate. This will be easy to enjoy in its youth, yet it should also age up to a decade or more. Drink from 2024-2036. 91 Pts

2021 Moulin du Cadet – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Flowers, black cherries, espresso and a touch of cocoa open the nose. The medium-bodied palate is polished, fruity, sweet, creamy and vibrant with a blend of plums and cherries with a soft touch on the backend. Drink from 2024-2038. 92 Pts

2021 Muse du Val – St. Émilion Grand Cru – Espresso, cocoa, chocolate, plums and cherries pop right from the glass in the perfume. The palate is soft, polished, sweet and fruity with layers of ripe plums, cherries and bitter chocolate. This is already quite delicious. Drink from 2024-2037. 91 Pts

For an overview of the 2021 Bordeaux vintage with links to all of our appellation reports 2021 Bordeaux In Bottle Report for the Best 750 Wines of the vintage We are continuing our reports on all of the best wines tasted in bottle from the 2021 Bordeaux vintage. Up next, we return continue with reports on all the best 2021 St. Emilion wines with our final report on the appellation, 2021 St. Emilion Pt 3 Wines N-Z before returning to the Left Bank with daily reports on all the best 2021 Bordeaux wines from St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, and the Margaux appellations.

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