2009 La Pointe, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
The milk chocolate and dark fruits on the nose follow through to a full body, with layered tannin and a bright acidity. Tight and structured.
Rather dark and reticent, with bittersweet cocoa and licorice snap notes blocking off the core of ripe plum and boysenberry fruit, while the tarry undertow emerges more on the finish. A powerfully rendered 2009 Pomerol that will need cellaring to assimilate. Best from 2014 through 2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This 2009 is the finest La Pointe ever! We can thank the new owners, who had the foresight to hire Hubert de Bouard as their consultant. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from the relatively sandy soils of this vineyard, situated well-off the tenderloin plateau of Pomerol, has a dense purple color and oodles of plum sauce interwoven with blueberry, raspberry and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and very sexy, it should be drunk over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(an 85/15 blend of merlot and cabernet franc) Deep purple-tinged red. Reticent but deep aromas of floral red berries and cherry show an almost fruit cocktail-like quality. Slightly less intense and concentrated on the palate than the nose suggests, offering more delicate red berry, cedar and exotic spice flavors. Smooth and ripe on the long, chocolatey finish.
*++V Sweet entry and great length. Super balance. Fantastic. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.