Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol

The sugar ripeness of the Merlot was the main issue in Pomerol. Some potential alcohols were off the charts by the time the grapes reached phenolic maturity. It means a few 2018 Pomerols are high in alcohol and quite hard work. One of our companions during the April tastings quipped that the Dégustation Pomerol Séduction was anything but. Don't give up entirely though - in the right magical hands there are Pomerols to seduce. Le Pin, VCC, and L'Église-Clinet were outstanding (as ever) and lower down the scale we really enjoyed Petite Église, Beauregard and Rouget.

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2018 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN Pomerol

2018 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/6/2019

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 40 hl / ha. Beautiful nose. Lots of rich ripe dark fruit. Plush on the palate. Concentrated black fruit. Cassis with a mineral edge. Violet and oak notes support.70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 40 hl / ha. Beautiful nose. Lots of rich ripe dark fruit. Plush on the palate. Concentrated black fruit. Cassis with a mineral edge. Violet and oak notes support. There is a fresh feel throughout which is contributed by the high proportion of cabernet fruit this year. Another wonderful VCC. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE Pomerol

Release date: 14/6/2019

83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Yield of 32 hl / ha. Conseillante is a 12 hectare estate wedged in between Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Good juice on the palate with dark fruit and violets83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Yield of 32 hl / ha. Conseillante is a 12 hectare estate wedged in between Petrus and Cheval Blanc. Good juice on the palate with dark fruit and violets prominent. The tannins are a little drying. Focused and precise but possibly lacking some 'va va voom'? The property is said to benefit from the clay soil of Petrus and the gravel soils of Cheval Blanc. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2019

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Classy nose of rich oak and sweet dark fruit. The concentration on the palate is impressive - density and elegance. There is power wrapped up in a tight90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Classy nose of rich oak and sweet dark fruit. The concentration on the palate is impressive - density and elegance. There is power wrapped up in a tight frame. Powdery tannin adds grip. The acidity is under the radar but keeps it focused. One of the top wines of the Right Bank. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉVANGILE Pomerol Château L'Évangile

2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉVANGILE Pomerol Château L'Évangile

Release date: 13/6/2019

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Mineral nose with hints of dark fruit. Sweet on entry. Mineral too. Tightly wound at the moment. Dusty tannin gives this wine a well structured feel which will surely80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Mineral nose with hints of dark fruit. Sweet on entry. Mineral too. Tightly wound at the moment. Dusty tannin gives this wine a well structured feel which will surely open up wonderfully in the years to come. Fresh yet powerful. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU FEYTIT CLINET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU FEYTIT CLINET Pomerol

Release date: 4/6/2019

From one of my favorite estates in Pomerol, situated between Trotanoy and Latour à Pomerol, the 2018 Château Feytit-Clinet is currently sitting at 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc being raised in 70%From one of my favorite estates in Pomerol, situated between Trotanoy and Latour à Pomerol, the 2018 Château Feytit-Clinet is currently sitting at 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc being raised in 70% new French oak. Sporting a deep purple/blue color as well as a massive bouquet of blackberries, smoked herbs, liquid violets, and graphite, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a weightless, seamless texture, thrilling purity, and a great, great finish. It’s a powerful wine hitting 14.9% alcohol yet there’s not a trace of heat. Offering beautiful purity and flawless balance, it reminds me of the 2010, only better. Rating: 96-99 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(May 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA VIOLETTE Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LA VIOLETTE Pomerol

Release date: 3/6/2019

This is full of savour with a gourmet edge that’s imprinted in its DNA; it has seductive fruit and flower aromatics with a silky texture alongside powerful tannins and the generous richness of theThis is full of savour with a gourmet edge that’s imprinted in its DNA; it has seductive fruit and flower aromatics with a silky texture alongside powerful tannins and the generous richness of the vintage. You don't just pass by this wine, it makes you pay attention – it’s Pomerol seduction straight up and signature Péré Vergé style, reminding me again that one of the brilliant things about 2018 is that estates were able to really pick their harvest dates giving them choices and the ability for people to deliver on signatures. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter(Mar 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE GAY Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LE GAY Pomerol

Release date: 3/6/2019

A tight and dense red with depth of fruit and polished tannins that really impress at this stage. It’s naturally refined and complex with so much dark-berry, chocolate, cedar and hazelnut character.A tight and dense red with depth of fruit and polished tannins that really impress at this stage. It’s naturally refined and complex with so much dark-berry, chocolate, cedar and hazelnut character. Great wine. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU BEAUREGARD Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU BEAUREGARD Pomerol

Release date: 22/5/2019

We really enjoyed the 2018 Beauregard. Dark fruit with hints of wood on the nose. Similar on the palate with the oak in a supporting role. Cool and focused. Medium bodied and very well balanced forWe really enjoyed the 2018 Beauregard. Dark fruit with hints of wood on the nose. Similar on the palate with the oak in a supporting role. Cool and focused. Medium bodied and very well balanced for the vintage. Buy this wine if you want to drink decent pomerol without spending piles. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PETIT VILLAGE Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU PETIT VILLAGE Pomerol

Release date: 21/5/2019

Dark fruited nose. The mid palate is enveloped by dense juice. It has a big feel to it. Mineral elements break up the fruit flavours. Grippy tannins provide welcome structure. Works well. Dark fruited nose. The mid palate is enveloped by dense juice. It has a big feel to it. Mineral elements break up the fruit flavours. Grippy tannins provide welcome structure. Works well. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU NÉNIN Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU NÉNIN Pomerol

Release date: 21/5/2019

This is a blend of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 13th and October 10th, with a yield of 33.8 hl/ha, an alcohol of 14.6% and a pH of 3.64. It has a delightful fragranceThis is a blend of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 13th and October 10th, with a yield of 33.8 hl/ha, an alcohol of 14.6% and a pH of 3.64. It has a delightful fragrance on the nose, all peony, sweetpea and verbena scents. It certainly possesses a very floral style, with some toasted oak, bringing a sweet and lightly caramelised edge to the aromatic profile. It feels very precise all the same. The palate follows on with a sense of precision, showing freshness, character and energy. It feels medium-bodied, lithe and sinewy in its character, with perfumed peony fruit. A very fresh style with tightly grained, seamless and polished tannins. Long and tense, this vintage continues a run of improved form for this estate. The élevage will be in 45% new oak. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 FUGUE DE NÉNIN du Château Nénin Pomerol

2018 FUGUE DE NÉNIN du Château Nénin Pomerol

Release date: 21/5/2019

Gorgeous density and depth to this second wine from Nenin with wonderful purity and length. Medium-bodied, very tight and long with gorgeous fruit. Long and together.Gorgeous density and depth to this second wine from Nenin with wonderful purity and length. Medium-bodied, very tight and long with gorgeous fruit. Long and together. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CLOS L'ÉGLISE Pomerol

2018 CLOS L'ÉGLISE Pomerol

Release date: 20/5/2019

This has the sensuous, easy generosity and exuberance of Pomerol offering soft tannins at first, but with grip as they close in through the palate, alongside seductive chocolate notes with liquoriceThis has the sensuous, easy generosity and exuberance of Pomerol offering soft tannins at first, but with grip as they close in through the palate, alongside seductive chocolate notes with liquorice on the finish. There was a big gap in harvesting between the Merlot on 19/20 September and Cabernet Franc on 10 October, as it had to ripen after blockages, but they were able to be patient and got to the full ripeness. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter(Mar 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU ROUGET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU ROUGET Pomerol

Release date: 20/5/2019

Ripe red and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate the juice is sweet and forward. Mineral too. Medium bodied. Nicely balanced. Energy and poise. This is delicious already. Ripe red and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate the juice is sweet and forward. Mineral too. Medium bodied. Nicely balanced. Energy and poise. This is delicious already. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA CROIX SAINT GEORGES Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LA CROIX SAINT GEORGES Pomerol

Release date: 20/5/2019

A full-bodied red with blackberry and blueberry character. Hot stone with hints of chocolate and sandalwood, too. Pretty wine.A full-bodied red with blackberry and blueberry character. Hot stone with hints of chocolate and sandalwood, too. Pretty wine. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CLOS DU CLOCHER Pomerol

2018 CLOS DU CLOCHER Pomerol

Release date: 3/5/2019

This is good, precise, inky and concentrated in colour with the texture the first thing you feel here, it actually takes a good few minutes before the fruit comes to the fore. The tannins areThis is good, precise, inky and concentrated in colour with the texture the first thing you feel here, it actually takes a good few minutes before the fruit comes to the fore. The tannins are powerful, a little more brooding than some Pomerols this year but then the layers appear. The Cabernet Franc is hidden at first and you get the texture of the Merlot, then the florality of the Cabernet arrives, as does liquorice, silky plum and blackberry fruit. Give it time because this is a great Clos de Clocher, perhaps a little departure in terms of style but in the right direction – it’s starting to clearly put a stake in the ground alongside the really serious Pomerols - a property that is getting better and better. 3.8pH. Drinking range: 2026 - 2044 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter(Mar 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU CLINET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU CLINET Pomerol

Release date: 2/5/2019

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 75% new oak. 38 hl / ha. Lots of primary fruit on the nose. Smooth dark deep fruit - good concentration - some oak and violet notes adds complexity. The focused85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 75% new oak. 38 hl / ha. Lots of primary fruit on the nose. Smooth dark deep fruit - good concentration - some oak and violet notes adds complexity. The focused Cabernet fruit gives the wine a structured edge throughout. A very smart Clinet. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU GAZIN Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU GAZIN Pomerol

Release date: 2/5/2019

Velvety smooth entry. The tannins are well managed - tidy and polished. Quite viscous and fat. The dark fruit flavour is not overpowering at this stage, but there is a muscular feel. In the GazinVelvety smooth entry. The tannins are well managed - tidy and polished. Quite viscous and fat. The dark fruit flavour is not overpowering at this stage, but there is a muscular feel. In the Gazin mould for sure, and impressive. Mineral elements linger. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MAZEYRES Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU MAZEYRES Pomerol

Release date: 2/5/2019

Certified organic and biodynamic. Barrel sample. Deep cherry red. Gorgeously scented with violet notes over lively black fruit. Silky elegance that stands out from the crowd of dense, velvet-deepCertified organic and biodynamic. Barrel sample. Deep cherry red. Gorgeously scented with violet notes over lively black fruit. Silky elegance that stands out from the crowd of dense, velvet-deep tannins in the other wines tastes so far. Real subtlety and elegance here. Juicy and long, with as much red fruit as black. (JH) Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU VIEUX MAILLET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU VIEUX MAILLET Pomerol

Release date: 2/5/2019

A step up over the 2016 (at least at this young stage), the 2018 Château Vieux Maillet is another rounded, sweetly fruited, sexy Pomerol that stays fresh and lively. Loaded with sweet blue fruits,A step up over the 2016 (at least at this young stage), the 2018 Château Vieux Maillet is another rounded, sweetly fruited, sexy Pomerol that stays fresh and lively. Loaded with sweet blue fruits, damp earth, and tobacco notes, it has terrific purity of fruit and a clean finish. It should keep for over a decade. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(May 2019)

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2018 LA PETITE ÉGLISE Pomerol

2018 LA PETITE ÉGLISE PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 24/4/2019

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 35% new oak. Inviting warm nose of toasted oak and dark fruit. Supple entry. Not weighty but elegant and balanced. Flows delightfully across the palate with the80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 35% new oak. Inviting warm nose of toasted oak and dark fruit. Supple entry. Not weighty but elegant and balanced. Flows delightfully across the palate with the tannins adding gentle grip. This is a seriously good Petite Église and with only 4,900 bottles made, the big question is how much can we secure! Drinking range: 2025 - 2036L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES Lalande de Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES Lalande de PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 24/4/2019

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 40% new oak. Woody nose. Dark berry fruit with earth and brashy wood notes. Quite a big 'dark' feel to it. Should be approachable in its youth. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 40% new oak. Woody nose. Dark berry fruit with earth and brashy wood notes. Quite a big 'dark' feel to it. Should be approachable in its youth. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 LA CHENADE Lalande de Pomerol

2018 LA CHENADE Lalande de Pomerol

Release date: 24/4/2019

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Tight earthy nose. Some wood. Smoother on the palate. Easy and enjoyable style. Good fruit with mineral tannin building at the end. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Tight earthy nose. Some wood. Smoother on the palate. Easy and enjoyable style. Good fruit with mineral tannin building at the end. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol

100% Merlot. 30 hl / ha. Deep fruit and toasty oak on the nose. Pronounced and regal. Smooth and powerful on the palate. Plummy fruit, mineral stone and toast from the oak. Light on its feet the100% Merlot. 30 hl / ha. Deep fruit and toasty oak on the nose. Pronounced and regal. Smooth and powerful on the palate. Plummy fruit, mineral stone and toast from the oak. Light on its feet the weight of the juice never feels over powering. A masterful Le Pin. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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