miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2013

Chateau Bonalgue, Pomerol 2005


"This has a subtle nose of mineral, blackberry and licorice. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity, silky texture on the finish. Smoky even. Best after 2014. 2,330 cases made." 91 Points, JS, Wine Spectator

"A soft, open wine that is already showing its generous, fruity side. There is lively acidity as well, and the aftertaste is fresh, soft and easy." 89 Points (6/1/2008) Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"A sleeper of the vintage, this impressively run, small Pomerol estate has turned out a fruit-driven (loads of black cherries and cassis) 2005 revealing notions of smoke, licorice and wood. It is a plump, corpulent, fleshy wine to enjot during the first 10 to 12 years of life." 88-89 Points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

- Winery: Chateau Bonalgue is a located in Pomerol of Bordeaux. During the French Revolution, the first reference to vines in the ‘Graves de Bonalgue’ area appeared in local archives. A veteran from Napoleon’s Grand Army, Captain Rabion, inherited the land and built a handsome residence. The building housed his regimental arms, and the garden was filled with magnificent Lebanese Cedar trees; Chateau Bonalgue was born. The Bourotte family bought the property in 1926. Pierre Bourotte in 1961, then his son Jean-Baptiste in 2005: two mythic vintages have marked the turning of the generations... the vineyard today is in excellent condition, and the property continues to improve and to refine its methods, while always paying tribute to the exceptional terroir of Bonalgue. The vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc completing the other 10%. It consists of 7.55 hectares of gravel and sandy-clay soils, with a subsoil of gravels and alios – the rich band of iron-ore that so distinguishes the Pomerol terroir. These qualities make this a heat-retaining soil, that means grapes ripen early and evenly, reaching perfect maturity. The vines have an average of 25 years old, and the precise and meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard means they produce quality grapes year after year. Pruning, leaf thinning, debudding, green harvesting... each process is carefully though-out, right up to the picking of grapes into small-sized trays to ensure against crushing or damage.. The final stage before heading to the winery is a hand-sorting in the vines, that takes place bunch by bunch, then berry by berry, ensuring nothing gets missed. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak.

- Price: £35.00


Pomerol is a much-respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region of south-western France. Both historically and physically, it stands apart from other Bordeaux appellations. It does not conform to the accepted image of a Bordeaux wine district as being a wealthy, long-established, chateau-laden area, with an all-important (if slightly outdated) classification system. Pomerol is none of these things, yet has managed to earn itself a place among the world's most revered wine region.

Pomerol has no formalised wine classification system (as do the Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Saint-Emilion), and has risen to its current glory in a relatively short space of time. While the appellation was barely acknowledged in the middle of the last century, wines like Petrus and Le Pin now command higher prices than those of the long-established Medoc.

Pomerol is located in the east of the Bordeaux region, near Saint-Emilion. in the area known as the Libournais. This name is taken from the town of Liboume, which sits just to the south of Pomerol. The landscape here is remarkable for being entirely unremarkable. While most appellations are named after a village or town within their boundaries, Pomerol has no such epicenter. It is an unchanging 2000-acre (800-ha) gravel bank, which rises and falls by only 65ft (20m).

The south and west of the appellation have sandier soils compared to the slightly heavier soils in the east, which include a certain proportion of clay. It is in this eastern section, on the marginally higher land where Pomerol meets Saint-Emilion, that the best wines are produced. Three of the most highly regarded Pomerol producers - Chateaux Petrus, Lafleur and Le Pin - are located here.

Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines rich, smooth and approachable at an early age. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. There is a very high demand for this style of wine on the international market and Pomerol wines are much sought after - particularly because they are also relatively long-lived.

The prevalence of Merlot has its risks for Pomerol, as it does for neighboring Saint-Emilion. Merlot is an early flowering variety and is susceptible to spring frosts. In the season of 1991, for example, spring frost damaged a large proportion of Pomerol's vines. Perversely, this only served to increase the market value, where demand already far outweighed supply.

Pomerol's place in the international wine world is secure for some time to come, given the continuing increase in demand for prestigious wines and the limited production of this small, quality-focused appellation.

References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher

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