The second vintage of this great newcomer is the product of 4 ha, including a small parcel of merlot purchased last year, all harvest in one afternoon on September 17th at a yield of 37hl/ha. The wine shows considerable structure, due no doubt in part to the orientation of the rows, which run east-west in this vineyard, ensuring maximum ripeness in 2006. Deep, dark ruby/garnet hue; a pure and alluring nose of blueberry, fruits of the forest and crunchy blackcurrant, damson and quince, allied with a fresh, creamy texture on the palate. Deep and complex, poised and harmonious, with hints of roasted nuts and black truffle, long and rich with persistent blackcurrant fruit. Tannins are ripe, firm and clean, yet silky and balanced. An outstanding, heady finish that combines richness and mineral complexity.
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