Seductive nose, violet-scented blackcurrants - fruit and florality. Excellent core, juicy and vibrant. This has an enjoyable character, quite bright in the glass but still with depth, putting the focus on black fruits and liquorice spice.
I like the framing and overall balance. Tannins are ripe and chewy, but the blue fruits, the cooling elements, and the overall fresh acidity keep this quite lifted, with just a touch of austerity appearing towards the finish.
Drink 2020 - 2026
Georgina Hindle, Decanter.com (January 2022)
About this WINE
Chateau La Croix Saint Georges
The small vineyard of Château La Croix Saint Georges is superbly sited on the gravel of the high terrace opposite Château Petit Village and between the vineyards of Vieux Château Certan, La Croix and Le Pin. On the facade of one of the wine buildings, a very fine equestrian sculpture is a reminder that this estate belonged to the Order of Hospitaliers of Saint John of Jerusalem.
The soils are rich in clay and gravel the wines are bottled with no fining or filtration.They are distinguished by their finesse, elegance and softness. The House of Joseph Janoueix owns this property.
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.
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.
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.
In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.