Providence, Pomerol, 2008

  Providence

Restorations at the magnificent 19th century chateau are very nearly complete. One can now look out over the impeccably manicured vineyards of Providence and keep a close eye on the neighbours (Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin). There has been an enormous amount of work done in the cellar too. As you would expect from any Moueix venture, everything is state of the art and geared to further increasing quality. The vineyards total roughly 4 hectares on gravel and clay soils. Plantings are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc which is reflected in the 2008 blend. Gorgeous high toned griotte cherries as well as flowers and minerals. Energetic attack of fresh berries, loganberries and blackberries. Very stylish, suave texture with long and precise, very focussed flavours. This is a very refined Pomerol with gravelly complexity, lacy, glorious tannins. A really delicious, structured, serious Pomerol built for the long term.

Contains Sulphites.

About Providence

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.)

Appellation: Pomerol

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