2006 Bourgneuf, Pomerol (Previously $30)

SKU #1046652

89 points Wine Spectator: "Delicate aromas of crushed berries and Indian spices follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a refined finish. Very long and pretty. Best from 2012 through 2016." (03/09) And, according to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Inky black cherry, violet and spices on the sexy nose. Offers good sweetness and intensity of cherry, violet and mineral flavors. Seems sweeter and fresher than the 2004 was at the same stage. Finishes with good ripe tannins." (May/June '07) K&L's notes - Rustic wine, but one of the best they have produced. Spicy blackberries on the palate, toasty also. 1/2* Ralph Sands: Lovely deep cherry fruit, pretty thick in the middle with good/serious tannins. Like it.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/1/2009  | Send Email
We taste a lot of wines here at K&L. Every so often, for no particular reason, you just take an immediate liking to a wine, and then go looking for reasons why after the fact. So - full disclosure - I just flat out liked the 2006 Bourgneuf the first time I tasted it. I liked it even more the second time. Why? Hmm. Well, the 2006 vintage is particularly good in Pomerol. And the wine is made in a traditional style with minimal new oak, a style I much prefer. It is mostly Merlot with just enough Cabernet Franc added to provide some structure. The wine is fresh and lively with tangy red plum and currant notes, and the fleshy tannins are firm but not hard. Oh, and yeah, it costs less than $40. So you see there are actually lots of reasons to like the wine, but you only really need one - it tastes damn good.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/19/2009  | Send Email
Just tasted this wine over the weekend and I am very impressed. I am very naive when it comes to the selection of Pomerol we have in the store, and this bottle showed me a lot of substance, for a relatively low price. The fruit, spice, and subtle oak were all present on the nose, and the wine was supple on the entry, but the finish showed the tannic structure and acidity that will take this wine into the next decade. Because Pomerol lacks any classification system, your best guide to the region is your own palate.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol