Good dark purple colour; dark damson fruit on the nose with intense elements of leafy tobacco, smoky minerals and gravely elegance, allied with just a touch of meaty richness, and there is also sandalwood, with spice and savoury touches within; juicy core, good soft fruit tannins and a lovely freshness on the long finish. Very good. Lying as it does on the precious strip between Cheval Blanc and Le Pin, which is home also to VCC, Evangile and La Conseillante and consists of arguably the finest soils on the plateau of Pomerol, this relative newcomer has truly earned its spurs in this troublesome vintage, producing one of the finest wines of the vintage and underlining the importance of its top quality terroir.
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