Pomerol: Château Gombaude-Guillot 2016
"The 2016 Gombaude Guillot offers pleasant black fruit laced with undergrowth and pressed flower scents, although I would like more delineation to manifest with time. The nicely poised palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity and hints of black pepper and clove toward the finish. A delightful Pomerol from this biodynamic estate. Drink 2020-2034. 90/100."
Neal Martin - Vinous.com
This 8 hectare estate in the heart of Pomerol (next to Trotanoy) was one of the first to convert to organic (from the 2000 vintage) and consistently produces classic, Merlot-dominated wines of grace and elegance at reasonable prices.
A nose of pure red fruit balances supple tannins and bags of concentrated bright, juicy fruit punch. Good acidity gives freshness and makes this Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend approachable relatively young.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Food & Wine Matching||Duck, Lamb, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Will cellar well for 3 to 10 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks using natural yeasts, with minimal added sulphur. Regular pumping over and racking. Matured in Allier oak barriques, 50% new. Bottled unfiltered.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Château Gombaude-Guillot is a pioneering 6th generation family-owned organic estate in the heart of Pomerol, surrounded by glamourous neighbours Château Trotanoy, Clos du Clocher, L’Eglise Clinet, Le Pin and Certan de May amongst others. Undergoing biodynamic certification, its 8 hectares of gravel on a clay base produce 3 organic wines, this being their principal cuvée which is hand-picked and sorted from the fruit of 40+ year-old vines.
Pomerol-native Claire Laval and son Olivier Techer have followed organic principles since 1992 and are undergoing biodynamic conversion. A former chef, Olivier is the 6th generation of the family to make wine in Pomerol in the former village café. Joined by his wife Marine and step-brother Sylvain, who look after the sales and admin sides of the business respectively, this estate is one of the few Pomerol estates that allows pre-booked visits and where hens range free amongst the vines. Olivier’s classical training as a chef has led him to introduce trials of amphorae and Austrian oak barrels alongside those from France for maturing their wines.
Pomerol is perfectly suited to growing Merlot with its rich clay-gravel soils that grant an elegance and character to the grape that is rarely found elsewhere.
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