The 2007 Feytit Lagrave has really hit its prime. The bouquet is packed with gorgeous plum and damson aromas. There is no mistaking this as anything other than classic Pomerol; notes of sumptuous berry fruit, hints of gravel, earth and spice leap from the glass. The palate is very seductive, packed with sweet morello cherries and bilberries, but this is not just a fruit bomb – there is good acidity, some well-rounded tannins and a nice overall sense of cohesion. It is perfect to drink now and over the next three to four years.
Chateau Feytit Lagrave is part of the late Catherine Péré-Vergé’s empire. Pomerol’s leading lady also included Le Gay, La Violette and Montviel in her impressive portfolio. Her vision and determination combined with the support of her close friend and oenologist, Michel Rolland raised the quality and reputation of all these estates.
Feytit Lagrave comprises 2.5 hectares of vineyards in the area of Feytit and Clinet on fine gravel with iron-rich sub-soils. Plantings are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. As one would expect from a Péré-Vergé property, a lot of hard work goes into the vineyard. Manual leaf removal and green harvests are utilised when the situation demands; the philosophy is to achieve perfectly healthy and ripe grapes. Even after all the efforts in the vineyard, the estate is meticulous with its selection. A double sorting eliminates anything that isn’t up to scratch. As a result, yields are low and fewer than 1000 cases are produced annually.
Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.
Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan