Lovely chocolate, walnut, black-olive and berry aromas follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a gorgeous, juicy and savory aftertaste. Luscious and pretty. Drink in 2020.
The 2015 La Pointe is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, picked between 27 September for the younger vines for the second wines, and 1 October for the heart of the Merlot, the Cabernet picked 8 and 12 October. Eric Monnoret told me that the 2015 was matured in 50% new oak. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet compared to recent vintages of La Pointe, with opulent red berry fruit, kirsch, cassis and patina of tar. The palate is medium-bodied, firm in the mouth at the moment, quite structured, the oak nicely integrated with a slightly savory finish. This is a robust La Pointe, quite spicy in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It will gain more harmony during its élevage. (NM)
This is clear evidence of the evolution of this estate to one that expresses the true values of Pomerol. I have enjoyed watching the tannins on La Pointe bulk up over the past few vintages while still retaining suppleness and juiciness, and the climate of 2015 has helped to showcase this quality. You can feel the tannins catching towards the back of your mouth as the wine stretches out through the palate, but they never overpower the fruit. It's elegant, still not a blockbuster, and thank goodness. Don't be mistaken into thinking that because this is easy to drink that it's timid or underplayed - there is a lot of fleshy black fruit here, with a hint of pencil shavings too. (JA)
The 2015 La Pointe is an attractive, juicy Pomerol to drink now and over the next handful of years. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, licorice, menthol and tobacco build as this fleshy, succulent Pomerol shows off its racy personality. The 2015 has turned out beautifully. There is certainly plenty to like. (AG)
An elegant style, with a perfumed edge to the mix of bergamot, cherry preserves and raspberry coulis flavors. Pretty black tea and anise hints run through the fresh finish. Drink now through 2028. (JM)
Smudgy mid crimson. Peppery/dusty dark fruit. Dry and cedary on the palate but surprisingly juicy on the finish. Slightly abrupt finish but lots of smooth pleasure already. 16.5/20 points. (JH)
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