Soft and silky red with berry, plum, smoke and chocolate character and a hint of walnut. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Mineral and salt undertones. Better in 2017.
A hefty mesquite note leads the way, turning to layers of enticing plum and boysenberry fruit, which linger on the fruitcake-framed finish as the singed wood hints move into the background. Best from 2016 through 2022.
*Barrel Sample* This wine is rich and ripe in style with intense dark-fruit flavors and a bold, chocolaty character. There's plenty of spice along with spirited acidity, but on the finish, it feels solid, full and a bit chunky.
Deep dark cherry colour. Dark, closed coal-like nose. Dark and dry and refined on the palate. Perhaps not for those who like exuberant fruit but I love the restraint and savoury style and dry light-grained texture. Not typically Pomerol? Long silky aftertaste. Like an expensively tailored sober suit.
This is a positive and forceful effort from Bourgneuf, which tends to produce tannic and rustic wines. The 2012 is neither astringent, earthy nor too rustic. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, black cherries, cola, forest floor and coffee beans. Fresh and medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration and a nicely textured, clean finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
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