Since 1976 Mr Right Bank, JP Moueix has leased this property which gets its name from its two close neighbours; Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Gazin. It also closely neighbours the iconic Chateau Petrus, which is as close to perfection as you can find in both Bordeaux and Merlot. Very modern in style this 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc blend is very much reminiscent of Burgundy with its floral notes, silky palate and long finish.
Merlot dominates here ably supported by Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon a distant (and sometimes non-existant) third. There is only 800 hectare of vines and almost 150 producers and Pomerol is the only major appellation of Bordeaux to eschew a ranking system. The quality at the top level are arguably better than any other Bordeaux but it can vary.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highly aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
A vintage of two extremes which counteracted each other and we ended up with one of the best vintages we’ve seen in a while.