reviewsJames Suckling 92/100
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.
Wine Advocate 89/100
Harvested in the second half of October, the 2021 La Prade offers up aromas of raspberries, plums, dark chocolate and spices, followed by a medium-bodied, pure and lively palate that's fine-boned and mineral. This estate on the plateau belongs to Nicolas Thienpont. William Kelley
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