Château La Pointe Pomerol 2015

91-93 Wine Advocate

The Chateau La Pointe 2015 shows a deep, opaque, rather violet and shiny, color. On the nose, it has aromas of black fruit, cherry, blackberry and wild blueberry before revealing subtle floral notes (wallflower, violet). On the palate, the tannins are sweet and velvety. The wine is beautifully structured, ample and tense. The finish is extremely harmonious, fresh and palatable. A wine with refined tannins, persistent in fruit and elegant.


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Country: France

Region: Bordeaux (Right Bank), Pomerol

Varieties: 84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc

Terroir: 23 hectares on small gravel and pebble soils of the Isle river terrace, clayey-gravel and sandy soils over clay or gravel sub-soils.

Winemaking: aged in barrels with 50% of them new

With barely 813 hectares, less than 1% of the Bordeaux vineyards, the appellation of Pomerol is a real nugget, producing rare, confidential wines. The average surface area of an estate is just 5 hectares, and there is certainly nothing rigid or uniform in this complex appellation where a myriad of plots weave in and out of each other across different soils. The appellation’s emblematic grape variety is Merlot, although the diversity of soils in Pomerol can also be conducive to growing great Cabernet Francs.

91-93 Wine Advocate: “The 2015 La Pointe is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, picked between 27 September for the younger vines for the second wines, and 1 October for the heart of the Merlot, the Cabernet picked 8 and 12 October. Eric Monnoret told me that the 2015 was matured in 50% new oak. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet compared to recent vintages of La Pointe, with opulent red berry fruit, kirsch, cassis and patina of tar. The palate is medium-bodied, firm in the mouth at the moment, quite structured, the oak nicely integrated with a slightly savory finish. This is a robust La Pointe, quite spicy in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It will gain more harmony during its élevage.”


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