Chateau Chantalouette, Pomerol, 2016

A succulent and aromatic wine which is incredible value for Pomerol. Notes of raspberry, mint and vanilla on the nose, the palate is vibrant and concentrated with hedgerow fruit and spice, with great detail on the finish.

Grape Variety: 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Chantalouette, Pomerol, 2016

Tasting Note

A succulent and aromatic wine which is incredible value for Pomerol. Notes of raspberry, mint and vanilla on the nose, the palate is vibrant and concentrated with hedgerow fruit and spice, with great detail on the finish.

Grape Variety

70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Producer Info

With 47 hectares this is Pomerol’s largest property and it has been in the de Lambert family since the 15th century. Here in the north- western corner of Pomerol, it is warm enough for Cabernet to ripen and this adds some structure and grip to the wines. Little new oak is used and the wines are never too extracted, Chantalouette is the highly approachable second wine.

Regional Info

Pomerol is a much-respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region of southwestern 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a Bordeaux wine district as being a wealthy, long- established, château-laden area, with an all-important (if slightly outdated) classification system.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 regions.

Pomerol has no formalised wine classification system (as do the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Saint-Émilion), 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 many cru classé properties in the long-established Médoc.

Pomerol is located in the east of the Bordeaux region, near Saint-Émilion, in the area known as the Libournais – the town of Libourne sits just to the south of Pomerol. While most appellations are named after a village or town within their boundaries, Pomerol has no such epicenter. It is an unchanging 800-hectare (2000-acre) gravel bank, which rises and falls by only 20 meters (65ft).

Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines rich, smooth and approachable at an early age, while also being capable of extended ageing. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and

an element of savoury spice. These characteristics mean Pomerol wines are much sought after on the international market.

The prevalence of Merlot has its risks for Pomerol, as it does for neighbouring Saint-Émilion. 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. In fact 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.

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