Pomerol & Neighbours Pack
BOLD REDS DRESSED IN A SILKY FRAME
Pomerol is one of the world’s most collectable wines, however this is a recent phenomenon in many ways, some say it’s due to the silkiness of the wines and the ability to be aged or enjoyed young. In regards to size, although the smallest of all the major Bordeaux wine producing appellations with only 800 hectares under vine, it has for sure become a favourite among sommeliers and bold red lovers.
- CHATEAU LA MISSION - LALANDE DE POMEROL 2015 - $66
Château La Mission’s jewel-sized vineyard in Lalande-de-Pomerol has been in the Garde-Lasserre family, who has also owned Pomerol’s Clos René and Moulinet-Lasserre, for several generations. Located on the south-western edge of the appellation bordering Pomerol, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are planted on an excellent terroir of loess and ferric clay.
The bouquet displays a rustic earthy side to it with dark bramble berries and spicy oak and dried tobacco notes. The palate is robust and juicy with blackberries, cassis and a soft dusty earthy tannin structure. This wine works well with meaty and full bodied dishes like beef wellington and stroganoff, spiced pumpkin soup, dark chocolate and Manchego cheese. Drinking amazingly now up until 2023. 80% Merlot – 20% Cabernet Franc.
- CHATEAU DE BEL-AIR - LALANDE DE POMEROL 2014 - $69
Mentioned in the Cocks & Feret guides as one of the best wines of the appellation as early as 1922, Château de Bel-Air is situated on a sunny plateau that gently slopes southward. The historical quality of its wines and its privileged position, which guarantees the vineyard ideal sun exposure year-round, drew owner Michel de Laet Derache to acquire the property in 2011.
On the nose, Château de Bel-Air presents notes of red fruit and floral aromas; on the palate, a harmonious balance between flesh and tannins means it can be enjoyed after just a few years of cellaring. Such a delicate wine, a perfect partner for refined dishes. It can be drunk now or cellared until 2022+. 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- CHATEAU LA GRAVE - POMEROL 2008 - $139
A lovely estate situated on the western side of the plateau of Pomerol, Château La Grave dates back to the 19th century, when it was owned by the Trigant de Boisset family. As its name indicates, the terroir of Château La Grave is almost pure gravel, marking the beginning of a mile-long gravelly strip that continues into Saint-Émilion, passing through Château Cheval Blanc before ending at Château Figeac. Acquired by Christian Moueix in 1971, Château La Grave was his first vineyard purchase. A great deal of attention was given to the renovation of the vineyard, château, and cellar in order to restore the wine’s place among the top wines of Pomerol.
The bouquet truly isn’t showing this wine’s age; it is developed and complex, displaying spiced fruit aromas of black forest cake and dried red roses with a hint of cacao bean. The palate presents red and black plums with blackcurrant while at the finish there is an earthy, herbal note. Enjoy with eye fillet, slow cooked roasts, tomato-based pasta and hard cheese. Drinking beautifully now and up until 2025. 85% Merlot – 15% Cabernet Franc.
- L'HOSPITALET DE GAZIN - POMEROL 2014 - $110
Gazin, at 26 hectares, is the largest of the top Pomerol estates with clay-gravel soil and a vine age 35+ years. This property was a domain of the Knights Hospitaliers of St Jean, Rhodes and Malta. The present site is built where there was once a hospital, provided by the Knights for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. It has been owned by successive generations of the de Baillencourt dit Courcol family and now, steered by Nicolas, Christophe, Laure and Inès de Baillencourt is right at the top of its game. Viticultural practices and winemaking combine the best of traditional practices with modern methods to produce wines of considerable international renown. Pruning, crop-thinning, sorting and temperature regulation are the norm.
This has a dense, virtually opaque colour and it’s immensely stylish bouquet showing earthy, red fruited perfume touched by a dash of oak. The palate shows lovely weight with dense generous fruit flavours, excellent concentration spice and earthy tannin with an intense, pure and fresh finish. Enjoy with kangaroo or eye fillet, dark chocolate or aged hard cheese. Drink now to 2025+. 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc