|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Expressive ripe fruit and oak nose. Fleshy mid-weight palate. Good rather than great. Rating: 88-90 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Blackish crimson. Lifted and sleek. Nice savoury finish. Not the most concentrated but nicely balanced. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2016)
Not the most famous of names in Pomerol, even though it enjoys a prominent position on the roundabout in Catusseau. The vineyards, all 4 hectares of them, are close by, enjoying the clay and gravel terroir of the plateau. I get black plum coulis on the nose, dusted with sweet icing sugar. The palate feels no less convincing than the nose, quite gentle and supple in terms of substance, with a very ripe seam of tannins at its core. The middle is polished, very ripe, a nicely-judged structure, a ripe and confident frame of tannins, fresh acids too, and a succulent finish riding on a carpet of tannins. A very attractive potential. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
The 2015 Croix Saint-Georges is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc picked between 21 September and 2 October. The alcohol level is a modest 13.6% and it is being aged in 50% new oak. It has a fragrant bouquet with cranberry, raspberry leaf, sous-bois and a touch of cedar, less glossy than previous vintages that I have tasted. The palate is medium bodied with ripe, quite firm tannin that embrace the crisp and pure red berry fruit, a dash of spice emerging toward the finish that gently fans out. This is a sophisticated Pomerol, classy and full of breeding, in other words an excellent wine from Jean-Philippe Janoueix. This is well worth investigating. Drinking range: 2019 - 2038 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2016)
Château La Croix Saint Georges
A few rows from the iconic Le Pin sits Château La Croix Saint George, that once belonged to the Hospitaliers of Saint Jean de Jerusalem, hence the religious name. It was purchased by the Janoueix family in 1932. Until recent years there were no wine making facilities at La Croix Saint George, with the grapes being carted off to nearby Château La Croix for vinification. When Philippe Janoueix took the reins in 1999, he built proper facilities at La Croix Saint George and the wine is now made and matured on site. The 4.2ha of vineyard are 95% Merlot with the balance being Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 38 years. The wines are aged in 100% new wood, with the barrels being an unusual elongated cigar-shape to allow for more lees contact.
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