Château La Pointe

Decanter - - POMEROL -

At 23ha, this is among the largest Pomerol prop­er­ties – and has im­proved no­tice­ably ac­cord­ing to Stras­bourg-based French mer­chant Stéphan Maure. Since 2008, gen­eral man­ager Eric Mon­neret and tech­ni­cal man­ager Em­i­lie Fa­ni­est have sur­veyed the soils and ren­o­vated the vat cel­lar. Ably ad­vised by Hu­bert de Boüard of Château Angélus in St-Emil­ion, La Pointe is bet­ter than ever. The good news for wine lovers is that prices have not caught up. ‘Our par­cel-by-par­cel work in the vine­yard and vat room al­lows us to op­ti­mise ripeness and ob­tain bet­ter qual­ity tan­nin,’ says Mon­neret. His­tor­i­cally the vine­yard was planted at a den­sity of 6,000 vines per hectare, but in 2012, a pro­gramme be­gan to in­crease den­sity to over 8,000.

Château La Pointe 2015 93

£ 35.60-£48 Corkr, Crump Rich­mond Shaw, Fine & Rare, James Nicholson, Mil­lésima The im­me­di­ate oak-de­rived as­pect on the nose be­comes far more in­te­grated on the palate and is not as ob­vi­ous as with Montviel, for ex­am­ple. A blend of 84% Mer­lot and 16% Caber­net Franc that leaves the over­all im­pres­sion of be­ing both sup­ple and el­e­gant. Su­perb value for money. Drink 2018-2035 Alc 14%

Château La Pointe 2005 93

£46.95 CA Rookes An­other fine sur­prise from this es­tate. The plummy fruit here is more stewed than fresh in char­ac­ter, but the wine shows el­e­gance and re­fine­ment in its ex­pres­sion of Mer­lot (75% blended with 25% Caber­net Franc). There are some bal­anced ter­tiary notes. It may lack some of the den­sity of the 2015, but I still en­joyed its greater fresh­ness and lovely sap. La Pointe shows ‘par­tic­u­lar co­her­ence’, ac­cord­ing to Al­sace-based wine mer­chant Fabrice Ren­ner. Drink 2018-2030 Alc 13.5%

Château La Pointe

Above: the ren­o­vated vat cel­lar Château La Pointe

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