This property is finally hitting on full cylinders and has returned to the form it had in the late 1970s and mid-1980s. This is a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with notes of graphite, menthol, licorice, and truffle. The fruit character verges between black cherry and creme de cassis notes. The wine exhibits noble and complex aromatics, moderately high tannins, but a full-bodied, firm, muscular structure that will require some patience. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
Tasted at the chateau. Those nose demands some coaxing from the glass, so I wait for 5-10 minutes for it to unfurl whereupon it reveals ripe, blackberry, wild hedgerow, touches of blueberry and black plum. There is just a hint of cedar coming from the Cabernet that gains a seaweed scent with time. The palate is full-bodied, wonderful balance, very focused with firm structure but also a sense of femininity. Slightly grainy texture, great purity, lovely ripe blackberry, minerally, black plum and white pepper tinged finish. This is a great wine. Tasted September 2009.
Sweet, big and bold and juicy. Quite open and loose compared with some other Pomerols in the Moueix stable. Slightly green tannins on the finish. Lacks a little intensity and nerve.
Full, deep red-ruby. Sexy aromas of roasted raspberry, plum liqueur, coffee, smoke, mocha and chocolate. Enticing and exotic Pomerol, with lush flavors of roasted plum and musky coffee leavened by a medicinal reserve. In spite of its enticing sweetness and fullness, this is rather backward today, with the dusty, substantial tannins calling for at least a few years of patience. But the wine's firm backbone and excellent breadth and length suggest it should age well.
This property, which has come back strongly over recent vintages, has fashioned a tannic, virile, muscular, impressively endowed 2006 revealing a dense plum/ruby/purple hue, a distinctive earthy/licorice-scented nose, and plenty of black cherry, cassis, cedar, and spice notes. After 5-6 years of cellaring, it should keep for two decades or more.
Tasted at JP Moueix. This is a Pomerol château that has really upped the ante in the last 2-3 years. This is another superlative wine that ranks alongside its neighbour, Vieux-Château-Certan. A beautiful, floral nose wafts from the glass with black cherries, plum and hedgerow. Wonderful definition. The full-bodied palate is powerful like Hosanna but with far more nervosity and minerality. Sinewy, poised and completely harmonious with mouth-coating tannins. Raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry. Great length. Sublime. Tasted April 2007.