Bordeaux Red: Pomerol

Rock and soil conditions on the plateau known as Pomerol are ideal for growing vines, but scarcely anything else. Where nearby the soil consists of surface limestone, here in Pomerol, that was scraped away many eras ago and replaced here by gravel, pebbles of granite and flint, intermixed with wind-blown sand and sometimes remnants of the limestone soil. These wines have a rich, ruby color, a suave, almost ‘animal’ bouquet, and a long, smooth finish.

Owned by M. Gros, the Château Fleur des Ormes (which means the flower of the elm trees in French), this small estate covers 7 hectares or about 18 acres and is planted to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

  • Chateau Fleur des Ormes

    This particular parcel is made up of silicious clayey limestone, with the vines averaging 30 years of age and a typical yield of 45 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are hand-picked and then are sent to the sorting table where they are sorted prior to being de-stemmed. After being crushed, the berries and juice are fermented in the vat for a month, with several pump-overs during that time. The grape skins are gently pressed to extract the juice, additional color, and tannins, which add to the structure and complexity of the wine. The wine is then vatted to allow for the solids to settle out and clarify the wine before aging in oak barrels for 12 to 18 months depending on vintage. A final clearing of the wine is done by fining with egg white, when needed.

    This lovely Pomerol has a lovely expressive nose typical of Merlot with red/black fruit and gamey aromas mingling with hints of oak, vanilla, and violettes. The body has ample structure with very well-integrated tannins, very good mouth-feel and a smooth, elegant finish. A wine to decant when young or keep to develop another 5-10 years.

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