Château Gom­baude Guil­lot

Decanter - - POMEROL -

This 8ha fam­ily-owned es­tate might not be the most densely planted, but it is sit­u­ated in the heart of the Pomerol plateau not far from Châteaux L’Eglise Clinet, Lafleur and Trotanoy. It of­fers one of the best plea­sure-to-price ra­tios of all the wines tasted for this ar­ti­cle. Cer­ti­fied or­ganic in 1997, the es­tate is cur­rently in the process of ac­quir­ing bio­dy­namic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. It’s also in tune with the times, mak­ing low-sul­phur wines (only 25mg to­tal since the 2015 vin­tage). Spe­cial men­tion should go to the es­tate’s bright and juicy Pom ‘N’ Roll bot­tling, which is aged with­out oak. ‘Peo­ple like the qual­ity and come back for more of it as an en­try-level Pomerol,’ notes Mike Gould of Noble Green Wines in Lon­don.

Château Gom­baude Guil­lot 2015 92

N/A UK www.chateau- gom­baude- guil­ Tasted just af­ter the Gazin, this lacks the den­sity of the for­mer, but still con­veys bright fruit notes such as for­est straw­berry and juicy plum. Ini­tially taut tan­nins yield to a medium-bod­ied palate, fol­lowed by a long fin­ish. A blend of 80% Mer­lot and 20% Caber­net Franc, aged in 50% new oak. Drink 2018-2030 Alc 14%

Château Gom­baude Guil­lot 2005 89

£ 25 (ib) Wine Own­ers Ex­change While the 2015 seemed a lit­tle brighter and more pre­cise, here the straw­berry as­pect is more baked. There are also ter­tiary, beefy as­pects on the palate, which lacks the fo­cus and pu­rity of the 2015. Fabrice Ren­ner has been sell­ing this wine in St-Louis, France since 2001. ‘Clearly, we see an im­prove­ment in qual­ity with the 2015,’ he notes. A blend of 85% Mer­lot and 15% Caber­net Franc, also aged in 50% new oak.

Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13.5%

‘It’s not just the big names that are mak­ing wine with greater pre­ci­sion’

Above: mak­ing low-sul­phur wines at Château Gom­baude Guil­lot

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