The 2018 Mangot takes a few minutes to find its groove, eventually offering attractive blackberry and briary aromas; pencil box scents emerge with time, courtesy of the Cabernets. The palate is medium-bodied and has firmed up since I tasted it from barrel, that prenatal pliancy replaced by more backbone and grip. The oak here is well used and there is commendable sustain on the finish, though I think this will close up for a period before reopening.
92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Mar 2021)
A tight, linear red with blackberry and black-olive aromas and flavors. Medium body. Firm and chewy. Try after 2023.
92 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
Coming from a beautiful vineyard on the eastern side of Saint-Emilion, the 2018 Château Mangot has a pretty, floral style that carries lots of red and blue fruits as well as notes of cedary herbs, forest floor, spring flowers, and a touch of chalky minerality. With medium-bodied richness and fine, elegant tannins, this complex, nuanced, balanced 2018 shines for its purity of fruit and overall harmony more than overt power and richness. It's beautifully done. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following decade.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)