- Château la Pointe
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2027 - 2037
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, April 2022,
The 2021 La Pointe underwent short pumpovers to enact a gentle extraction and matured in 50% new oak. It has a light but well-defined bouquet with graphite infused red fruit (that trait is accentuated in a bottle tasted at the château). Quite elegant in style. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, pretty red fruit and just a touch of piquancy on the finish. It is a Pomerol that keeps within its means and does not try to overdo itself, making it a better wine that should gain substance in barrel. Drink 2028 - 2040
Wine Advocate, April 2022,
A blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, the 2021 La Pointe exhibits aromas of sweet berries, plums, licorice and raw cocoa, followed by a medium-bodied, supple and elegant palate built around tangy acids and fine, powdery tannins. An elegant, fine-boned interpretation of Pomerol, this historic 23-hectare vineyard is benefiting from improved viticulture and later picking.
Goedhuis, April 2022,
Situated on what wine director Eric Monneret describes as the 2nd terrace of Pomerol, with distinguished neighbours such as Trotanoy and Nenin, this shows the qualities of its fine terroir. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this opens with fine aromas of Victoria plum and damson. The tannins are tightly woven providing a sense of grip and held together by a subtly rich fruit, with mellow sweetness from the touch of mocha and vanilla oak on the finish. A very well composed wine.
Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and focused on its floral and red fruit character, the wine is soft, vibrant and fresh, leaving you with loads of sweet, fresh, ripe red berries with a touch of cocoa and earth in the finish. The wine is a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2023-2037.
Jane Anson, April 2022,
An impressive showing from La Pointe in the vintage, with great aromatics, raspberry and redcurrant fruit, grilled vanilla bean and campfire smoke, easy to enjoy, and again a wine that is working with the vintage. It must have been tempting for Director Eric Monneret to showcase the progress that they have made in recent years in terms of deepening concentration through the mid palate by pushing too hard, but instead they have kept a light touch, delivering a flavourful wine with fresh acidities that give a mouthwatering sign off. Not the most intense La Pointe (head to 2019 or 2020 to really see what is happening at this property), but this is enjoyable. Tasted twice.
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
This is a refined, slender and finely-proportioned wine and the nose, with its herb and wild cherry nuances, looks pure and fragrant. The palate is a little grainy, and it brings traction on the back of the palate, and it needs some time to assimilate the tannins, but this will end up being a long, smooth, soothing style as opposed to a more muscular creation.
Château la Pointe
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.