2011 Pomerol

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol

The flagship estate of Dany and Michel Rolland (by the way, Rolland’s autobiography has recently been published and it is highly recommended), Bon Pasteur’s 2011 is a strong effort in this difficult vintage. Yields were tiny, resulting in a concentrated, intense wine with a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of mulberries, boysenberries, caramel, truffles and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with adequate acidity, velvety tannins and a plush, savory, expansive mouthfeel, it should drink well for 15 or more years. 2012 - 2027 Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2012)

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The Le Bon Pasteur deserves time in glass so that it can meld together. It offers macerated dark cherries and a touch of fresh dates all cloaked in vanillary new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry. It displays saturated tannins that are quite fine, layers of toasty black fruit mingling with cassis and blueberry that lead to a rounded smooth finish. A second sample was showing a little more dryness than the first. Not as complex as the 2009 or 2010 but very seductive for the vintage. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, (Apr 2012)

Smudgy cherry crimson. A little dusty but plenty of cherry fruit. Violet notes, too. Dense, chewy but the balance of fruit and structure is better than some. Spicy, thick finish. 2016-2024 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, (Apr 2012)

Toasted, but with a good fleshy feel that builds nicely through the finish as plum paste, cassis and roasted apple wood notes emerge. Solid. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)

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