Dunnuck: "I was blown away by the 2021 Château Les Grandes Murailles. It's another sleeper in this challenging vintage that merits serious attention. All Merlot that saw 20% of the blend seeing malolactic fermentation in barrel and then again in 60% new oak, it offers a brilliant perfume of mostly red fruits supported by classic limestone influenced notes of white flowers, chalky minerality, and white truffle. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and just incredibly elegant, it's a beautiful complete, layered barrel sample that will compete with anything in the vintage."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Les Grandes Murailles was not affected by frost thanks to wax
candles. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a fragrant bouquet with blackberry
and raspberry, wilted rose petal and a touch of gravel. The palate is mediumbodied with strict tannins, fresh with ample salinity, modest depth and a
smooth, cohesive finish. Not a powerful Les Grandes Murailles, yet stylish and
with plenty of character. 13.5% alcohol"
Wine Advocate: "A definite overperformer, the 2021 Grandes Murailles has turned out beautifully this year. Offering up aromas of dark berries, red plums, orange zest, rose petals and truffle, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy, with a layered core of fruit, powdery tannins and lively acids, concluding with a floral finish. It's 100% Merlot from a two-hectare parcel just outside the village of Saint-Émilion."
Galloni: "The 2021 Les Grandes Murailles is terrific. Open and resonant in the glass,
the 2021 offers a beguiling mix of red/purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, sage and mint, with veins of salinity that lend energy as well as direction. It's all about nuance here. As is so often the case, Les Grandes Murailles captures many of the signatures of the more famous wines on the SaintÉmilion plateau, but in miniature."
Decanter: "The most gorgeous smoky, salty, ripe, sweet, fruity nuances on the nose - what aromatic complexity here! Succulent and juicy, still with quite a high-toned edge to the fruit, just the right side of austerity with the pencil lead and graphite edge to the tannins. I like the power and concentration alongside the tension that gives it focus and makes it little bit hard to taste right now - but this is well made with bounce, push and sophisticated charm. Definitely a dark savoury style, black fruited, showing the muscle and might of Merlot that made it through the year. Ageing will work well here."
Wine Cellar Insider: "Flowers, black cherries, wet earth, thyme and espresso on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, refined, sweet and fresh, with loads of silky red fruits on the palate and in the finish. Drink from 2023-2037. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot, 13.5% ABV. Drink from 2023-2037."