Red, Ready, but will keep

2009 Ch. La Grave, Pomerol

2009 Ch. La Grave, Pomerol

Red | Ready, but will keep | Christian Moueix | Code:  12733 | 2009 | France > Bordeaux > Pomerol | Merlot/Cabernet Franc | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

WA - There is always a lot of material in Bourgneuf, but the rustic tannins and somewhat aggressive style always leave me looking for more charm and equilibrium. In the 2009, the tannins are high and the color a dense plum/purple. The wine is meaty, herbal and fleshy, with a certain astringency and bitterness in the finish. If that ages out, the wine will certainly deserve a score in the upper 80s.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - Issue#199 - Feb 2012

The Producer

Christian Moueix

Christian Moueix

The Grape

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

The Region

Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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