91-92 JS / 88-90 VM
A vibrant, medium-bodied red with plenty of finesse and bright red and purple berries. Silky yet firm and precise tannins. All about freshness. Limestone comes through here. 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc.
The 2021 La Prade comes from Nicolas Thienpont's vineyard where some Merlot has been regrafted with Cabernet Franc (there is 25% in this blend). It offers a lively black cherry and blueberry scented nose, not complex but nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins that frame straightforward, slightly savoury black fruit, hints of cracked black pepper and sage. It doesn't quite fan out on the finish as I think a more benevolent vintage might show, though it is well-crafted and should drink well for 10-12 years. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media