2005 La Pointe, Pomerol

SKU #1036397 93 points James Suckling

 Sweet tobacco and berries, with hints of grilled meat in the nose. Full-bodied with velvety, chewy tannins and a long finish. Lots of new wood, but balanced with everything else going on. Give it three to four years.  (2/ 2011)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 (barrel sample) This is impressive; a ripe, open wine, but showing some lovely, polished new wood flavors, vanilla and just a touch of spice.  (6/ 2006)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** This wonderfully extracted effort reflects all of the ripeness and rich fruit to be found in 2005 clarets, and it does so while staying remarkably well-balanced. It is a mouthfilling Merlot, but one that is also supple and silky, and it ends with a very long, ripe-cherry finish with immense fruity substance offsetting its slight but evident heat. Set it aside for at least five years of smoothing.  (3/ 2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a fabulous nose of toasty oak, coffee, cigar box and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and loads of ripe fruit, toasty oak and spices. Long and silky. Very well done for this estate and better than the 2000.  (3/ 2008)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Now this wine is a great find. The nose is layered with an almost herbal garrigue/potpourri note, raspberry and plum. There are still some evident tannins, but they are fairly integrated on the palate. The roasted herbs and tobacco are balanced with red raspberry and cherry along with a bit of spice and minerality. I would still decant this for a couple hours before serving since it took more than four hours to really open up when we tried it.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol