2008 Bon Pasteur, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

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Exclusive! 93-96 points Robert Parker: "Michel Rolland and his wife, Dany, decided to take only the finest parcels of their vineyard to make Bon Pasteur, thus cutting production dramatically. From this exceptional vintage in Pomerol (with its low yields), the result appears to be the finest Bon Pasteur since the 1982. Fermented completely in small barrels, a painstakingly laborious task, the use of indigenous yeasts, and a prolonged maceration of 40-60 days has resulted in a wine possessing extraordinarily dense fruit, an inky/ruby/purple color, sweet tannin, and sumptuous aromatic and flavor profiles. Probably the most complete and potentially complex and concentrated Bon Pasteur ever made, it offers sweet berry, mocha, caramel, and flowery characteristics, gentle but substantial tannins, and sensational concentration. There is no hint of aggressiveness. Over-maturity of the grapes was impossible to achieve in this vintage, and the 2008 represents the maximum expression I suspect this estate is capable of achieving. Bravo! It should drink well young, but last for three decades." (04/09) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Consultant Michel Rolland's family estate has produced a wine that is elegant, balancing richness and sweet fruits. The tannins are spicy, forward, and dense but, overall, this is a well balanced wine." Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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