Château Beau­re­gard

Decanter - - POMEROL -

Cov­er­ing 17.5ha, this es­tate sits at the en­trance to Pomerol. Im­prove­ments since 2005 were capped with or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2014 and to­tal es­tate ren­o­va­tion in­clud­ing new fer­men­ta­tion tanks for par­cel-by­par­cel vine­yard se­lec­tions – just in time for the 2015 vin­tage. Di­rec­tor Vin­cent Priou says lower yields add con­cen­tra­tion with­out los­ing el­e­gance: the 2005 was har­vested at 44hl/ha; the 2015 at 31hl/ha. He has in­creased plant­ing den­sity for some plots to 9,000 vines per hectare. The blend may in­clude up to 40% Caber­net Franc, due to cli­mate change. Cer­ti­fied or­ganic in 2014, Priou has cho­sen not to in­di­cate that on the la­bel, but he may in the fu­ture. Château Beau­re­gard 2015 93 £ 39.25 (ib)-£75 Fine & Rare, Hen­nings Aro­mas of liquorice, ripe plum and dark cherry. The palate shows some ter­tiary notes. While the 2005 is more struc­tured, the 2015 shows more pre­ci­sion and fi­nesse. Drink 2020-2035 Al­co­hol 13.8%

Château Beau­re­gard 2005 92 £ 31.25-£ 35.16 (ib) Ap­pel­la­tions, Crump Rich­mond Shaw, Fine & Rare Sump­tu­ous, with fi­nessed tan­nins and a fine bal­ance of al­co­hol and acid­ity. A slight bit­ter­ness on the fin­ish, but the liquorice, bright plum and vi­o­let as­pects are pleas­ant over­all. Drink 2018-2028 Alc 13.5%

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