Unusually for Pomerol, where humility and understatement are the norm, this new property possesses a sizeable château that, in very little time, will become a landmark of the plâteau, standing as it does opposite the mairie and surrounded by great names such as Hosanna, Certan de May and Lafleur. Christian Moueix, who spotted the potential of this plot some years ago, finally gained full control of the property last year and has produced 1,000 cases of Merlot-based pure elegance in 2005. There are wonderful purple flowers on the nose, with a subtle depth and concentration of ripe cherry and chewy tobacco leaf; just the slightest hint of oak; very pretty fruit on the palate, fresh and pure with savoury, silky tannins and a mouth-filling texture. Medium weight, very fresh acidity, and an excellent growth of flavour through the palate. A sensational début.
This was a brand new wine in 2005, and promises to become an important fixture within Pomerol; a sizeable château that sits at the very centre of the plâteau, opposite the mairie and surrounded by other big name châteaux like Hosanna, Certan de May and Lafleur. From 2006 it includes one or two new, small parcels of old vine merlot, bringing the total surface area of the vineyard to 4ha. (NB - UK sales only.)
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