2009 Montviel, Pomerol

SKU #1056707 89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and chocolaty, with berry character on the nose as well. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. There's plenty of Pomerol character.

87-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest Montviel yet made, proprietor Catherine Pere-Verge has done so much to resurrect such top Pomerol estates as Le Gay and more recently, La Violette. The 2009 Montviel possesses a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to good texture and richness, and a lot more personality than any Montviel I have tasted previously. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc made from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, it should drink well for 10-15 years.  (4/2010)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe and sweet, plush fruit, balanced sufficiently with acidity and some firm tannic character. The wine is chunky, but there is balance.  (4/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Broad and relatively savoury nose. Luscious start with quite a bit of freshness. Still very dry on the end. Potential. Not that rich. Drink 2016-2026.  (2/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red with purple highlights. Deep, perfumed nose showcases cassis, violet and minerals. Starts sweet and supple, with black fruit and mineral flavors, then turns a little strict on the back half, in need of a bit more flesh. Finishes clean and minerally if austere, with slightly astringent tannins. I'd forget this in the cellar for at least a few years.  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

*+V 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. A spicy wine that's quite focused and linear. It could be a value.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2013 | Send Email
In Hollywood, the group was split on whether this wine or the Alter Ego de Palmer was their favorite. The Montviel estate sits close to Clinet (same soil) and is a part of the Château Le Gay group. It showed toasty oak spice on the nose along with coffee and dark chocolate. The wine was more astringent than I expected, but after a couple hours decanting the rich dark fruit more than balanced out the tannins with tons of chocolate, coffee and oak spice.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2013 | Send Email
This flashy right bank wine is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Montviel is a dark wine with a toasty oak nose and plenty of dried plum fruit on the palate. While modern, big and tannic, it still has Pomerol soul and no residual sugar to ruin it for the table. I am sure the extroverted oak will win over lots of folks who like a big wine.

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