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Clos du Clocher, under the guidance of Pierre Bourotte (owner of the Château Bonalgue and a member of the very active Cercle Pomerol Prestige), the oenologist Michel Rolland and the former French rugby interational Jean-Baptiste Lafond, continues to make progress up the heirarchy of premium Pomerols.
The seven-hectare estate is situated in the middle of the Pomerol plateau and is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and the vines, on average are 25 years old. Until the stock was replanted, Clos du Cocher wines used to be under-rated but now the vintages from the late 80s and the breath-taking 1990 are truly lovely wines. They were vinified and aged (for 20-22 months in oak barriques, half of which are renewed each year) under the vigilant eye of Michel Rolland, who puts the emphasis on elegance, fruit and softness. It will be interesting to watch developments.