About this WINE
Domaine du Grand Ormeau
Domaine du Grand Ormeau is of the many up-and-coming estates, in the satellite appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol, next door to Pomerol, capable of producing excellent wines without the very lofty price tags of their illustrious neighbour.
The estate produces annually approximately 4,000 cases of wine from its 40acres of vineyards.
The style is very Merlot-dominated (75%- with the remainder from the two Cabernets), with the softness of texture and the richness one associates with this great vintage.
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.
In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.