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Château Bourgneuf Pomerol 2017

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Primary Notes: Blackberry, Currant, Plum

Secondary Notes: Chocolate

Tertiary Notes: Tobacco, Light earth

Body: Full

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium

Alcohol (%): 14.5

Origin: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Maker: Château Bourgneuf

Grape: Merlot

Fermentation: Heavy Wood

Awards: >90

Decanting: 1–2 hours

Serving Temperature: Serve between 16–18 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Hong Shao Rou, Lamb Rogan Josh, Satay

Western Food Pairing: Veal chops, Roast lamb leg, Ragu

Description

Château Bourgneuf Pomerol 2017

Château Bourgneuf Pomerol has a nose of crushed blackberries, blackcurrant and chocolate. Dense ruby-violet colour. The full-bodied palate is dry with ripe tannins and a bouncy acidity. Sweet dark berries and plum fruit dominate the tongue, soon followed by dark chocolate, tobacco and light earth nuances. Vibrant, balanced and powerful.

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. The fruit comes from Château Bourgneuf's 9-hectare vineyard on the gentle slope of the Pomel plateau. The location has a south-east/north-west axis, which allows maximum sunlight. The vines have an average age of 35 years and grow in clay, sand and gravel soils.

Harvesting exclusively by hand on a by-parcel basis. After a careful sorting, the grapes go through a light crushing. Vinification in temperature-controlled cement vats. Alcoholic fermentation occurs with manual pumping over. The wine ages in French oak barrels (35% new, 65% once- and twice-filled barrels) for 12–14 months.

Ageing potential: Drink 2025 – 2035.

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

22.png Dark tannins and black fruit come through strongly in this balanced wine. Acidity shines through the firm young structure. The wine's future is good but it will need time. Drink from 2023.

- 90–92 POINTS

22.png The 2017 Château Bourgneuf is made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that’s all from the 9 hectares of gravel, clay, iron-rich soils of the estate. Inky purple-colored with gorgeous notes of cassis, violets, gravelly minerality, and herbal/underbrush nuances, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has ripe, building tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s a beautiful, elegant, classy Pomerol that’s going to keep for 15+ years.

22.png A solid Pomerol for the vintage with dark chocolate, dark berries and round and ripe tannins. Medium to full body and a fresh finish.

, Jane Anson

22.png From 9ha of gravel and clay soils, this is a meaty, rich and chewy Pomerol that absolutely works. It has great tannic structure with give and pliability, full of rich black fruits, cassis and raspberry notes, and pulled along by slatey minerality. It has real texture, even though yet again you can tell the fruit flirts with the fresher end of ripeness. Still, this has huge potential, should age well, and is extremely well-handled. Drinking Window 2025 – 2038

, JULIA HARDING - 16/20 POINTS

22.png A couple of the lower parcels were frosted. Vineyard mixes 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep purplish crimson. Dusty, lightly spiced and deep in rich, dark-red fruit. Firm, deep-pile texture, smooth and full-fruited initially but dies away a little on the chocolate-textured finish. Drink 2022-2027

, Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 91–93 POINTS

22.png A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Bourgneuf is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of red and black plums, cassis and black soil with hints of cigar box and wild thyme. Medium-bodied, fine-grained and refreshing in the mouth with beautifulfruit and earth layers, it finishes with a fragrant lift.

- 91–94 POINTS

22.png Juicy and friendly, delivering bright cassis and raspberry coulis flavors laced with savory and mineral notes. The fruit drives nicely through the finish, which is extended by fresh acidity.