2021 Château La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2021 Château La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2021 Château La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Merlot 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Jean-Philippe Janoueix has run this family property since 1999. Its 4.5 hectares of vines form an L-shape around Le Pin and adjoin Vieux Château Certain. The estate’s small scale allows Jean-Philippe to punch down during fermentation, à la Bourguignonne. He uses a variety of barrel shapes and sizes to reduce the oak influence. This is a little jewel of a wine, becoming increasingly sophisticated. The nose of the 2021 is pure peony, violet and rose; the palate is composed and vivacious. Drink 2025-2038.

Our score: 17/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd, April 2022

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Wine Advocate91-93/100
Wine Advocate91-93/100

From a 4.5-hectare vineyard on the plateau of Pomerol adjacent to Le Pin and one of La Fleur-Pétrus's parcels, the 2021 La Croix St Georges offers up pretty aromas of cherries, raspberries, rose petals and violets, framed by a discreet patina of spicy new oak. Medium-bodied, ample and fleshy, with supple tannins and a lively spine of acidity, it's a charming, characterful middleweight from a prime terroir. Tasted twice.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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Chateau La Croix Saint Georges

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.

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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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