Alexandre Thienpont says that 'Cabernet Franc is back with a bang in 2011'. After two vintages where Vieux Chateau Certan's wonderful old vine Cabernets were barely used, 29% of the blend is Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Merlot this year. Analytically impressive with an IPT of 83 and a pH of 3.6, the real proof is in the tasting, and this is a real beauty. Intensely perfumed, with hints of demure bramble fruit, violets, herbs and cool berries, this is as seductive as it gets. Noble flavours abound; the Cabernet certainly gives this definition, poise and savoury charm that sets it apart from the other top wines in the appellation. Alexandre likens this exquisite VCC to his 2000 vintage for its tannic balance and age-worthiness. A wonderful effort and one of our selections from the right bank.
Alexandre Thienpont’s magnificent Pomerol estate is capable of producing exquisite wines; and they regularly do. The elegant structure of the Chateau, covered in ancient wisteria is a fitting building for such an estate. It is understated, but beautiful, just like the wine. The 35 hectares under vine are planted with 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc. The parcels of old vine Cabernet Franc add complexity and structure to the velvety textured Merlots and helps this chateau to excel in challenging vintages.
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