Red, Ready, but will improve

2009 Ch. Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

2009 Ch. Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

Red | Ready, but will improve | Code:  952271 | 2009 | France > Bordeaux > Pomerol | Merlot | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

BBR

16/20

The Wine Advocate

87/100

Jancis

16.5/20

Wine Spectator

88-91/100

Parker

87/100

The Wine Advocate - This masculine, muscular style of Pomerol displays a dark ruby/purple color and a distinct earthy profile, with notes of meat, herbs, plum sauce and black currants. It is medium-bodied and ripe, but probably the most rustic of all the wines from the house of Jean-Pierre Moueix with the exception of Bourgneuf.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 23/12/2011

Jancis - Deep crimson. Very warm, rich and welcoming. Very plump and even quite spicy. Then it becomes much drier on the palate. Rather a restrained, even inky, Pomerol, as though it had been corseted.
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - April 2010

Wine Spectator - Perfumed and fruity on the nose, with medium body and firm tannins. The finish turns to ripe strawberries and raspberries. A little subdued.
James Suckling - Wine Spectator - Apr 2010

Parker - This masculine, muscular style of Pomerol displays a dark ruby/purple color and a distinct earthy profile, with notes of meat, herbs, plum sauce and black currants. It is medium-bodied and ripe, but probably the most rustic of all the wines from the house of Jean-Pierre Moueix with the exception of Bourgneuf.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Feb 2012

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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