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Pomerol 2010, Château Taillefer ($34.75, 11572231)
The estate is owned by the Bernard Moueix branch of the right bank clan and managed by Catherine Moueix with Denis Dubourdieu acting as oenologist. This is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc – usually about 75% to 25% – from vines averaging 30 years old. Destemmed before pressing. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled concrete vats; malolactic fermentation in concrete vats and French oak barrels; maturation, which lasts 15 months, in French oak barrels, 33% new. Fined with egg whites and filtered before bottling. 13% ABV per, 15% per the label (I’m inclined to believe the label). Quebec agent: SAQ.
Typical Pomerol aromas and flavours: red plum, black currants, blackberry, earth, oak in the form of wood, smoke and spice. In the mouth, it’s a middleweight with a glyceriny texture that’s brightened by moderate acidity. The tannins, also moderate, are smooth on the surface, firm underneath. The long finish isn’t exactly hot but plays out against a backdrop of gauzy alcohol. Approachable now but probably capable of ageing a decade. On the one hand, it could be deeper and a lot more exciting; on the other hand, it’s an under-$35 Pomerol. (Buy again? Meh.)

Written by carswell

September 15, 2014 at 15:49

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