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2000 Ch. la Clemence, Pomerol

2000 Ch. la Clemence, Pomerol

Red | Drink now | Chateau La Clemence | Code:  919885 | 2000 | France > Bordeaux > Pomerol | Merlot | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£900.00
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WA

91/100

PARKER - This looks to be the strongest effort to date from the Dauriac/Rolland team. Deep, opaque purple-coloreed, wirh a tight but promising nose of truffles, licorice, underbrush, incense and black fruits, this big, huge, dense, full-bodied Pomerol shows no compromising for readers looking for something immediatly drinkable. As the French would say, a true vin de garde. This backstrapping, muscular wine is loaded, but patience is most definitely a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.+. 91+/100 pts. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2003)

WA - This looks to be the strongest effort to date from the Dauriac-Rolland team. Deep, opaque purple-colored, with a tight but promising nose of truffles, licorice, underbrush, incense, and black fruits, this big, huge, dense, full-bodied Pomerol shows no compromising for readers looking for something immediately drinkable. As the French would say, a true vin de garde. This backstrapping, muscular wine is loaded, but patience is most definitely a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022+.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 23/04/2003

The Producer

Chateau La Clemence

Chateau La Clemence

Château La Clemence is a deluxe Pomerol cuvée produced by Christian Dauriac, proprietor of St-Emilion property, Château Destieux. It is produced from a five-hectare vineyard (made up of 5 separate plots) planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

The vines have an average age of 50 years and yields are severely restricted to around 20 hectolitres per hectare. The wines are vinified and matured in 100% new oak barriques.

The Grape

Merlot

Merlot

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.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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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