Almost Syrah-like in style with a deep, brooding purple colour and notes of bacon fat and gently toasted spice, their 2006 is wonderfully ample, fleshy and fresh. A standout amongst its similarly priced peers.
Quality at this property has soared over recent years since their lease with the J. P. Moueix firm expired, and the 2006 boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of smoked meats, black raspberries, black currants, licorice, truffles, and charcoal. With outstanding purity, medium to full body, impressive depth, texture, and length, and noticeable, but sweet, velvety tannins, it should drink well for 15 or more years. Drink: 2009 - 2024
Situated between Trotanoy and Latour a Pomerol, this estate has come on strong over the last 4-5 years under the guidance of the Chasseuil family. The 15-acre vineyard planted in sandy/gravelly soils produced a deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 offering sweet cranberry, black cherry, licorice and herb-infused notes in a full-bodied, opulent, fleshy format. With moderate tannin as well as terrific texture and purity, it should drink well for 15+ years. Drink: 2007 - 2022
Fresh sweet black fruit on the nose then fresh on the palate, fine fresh cool tannins balanced by sweet fruit. Fine dry tannins. Could be a good buy. (JH)
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.