JAMES SUCKLING: "Wonderful polish to the tannins, with a creamy and velvety texture. Full-bodied and dense with lots of flavor and length."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2022 Château Lespault-Martillac is mostly Merlot but includes 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It has beautiful purity in its ripe red and blue fruits as well as classic Graves smoked earth, tobacco, graphite, and spice aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's nicely balanced, has quality tannins, and a great finish. At the very least, it will be an outstanding wine and could be a real superstar of a 2022. Tasted twice."
DECANTER: "Cool and fresh, a lovely minty creamy blue fruit aspect to this, concentrated and deep, there's an element of power to this which is clear from the start but because of the coolness it stops it from becoming too much. I love the sheer confidence here, plus the sleek texture, precise and on point. Tannic still, and not so concentrated fruit, not exuberant, more light, but really enjoyable. Harvest 13-27 September. Ageing in French oak for 14 months, 33% new."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Tobacco leaves, cedar, black cherries, smoke, and spice are what you find in the nose. The palate enjoys loads of soft, sweet, ripe, dark pit fruits with polish, lift, round, soft fruits on the mid-palate, and in the fruity finish, with a touch of cocoa in the endnotes. The wine blends 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2025-2037."