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2010 Pomerol MAGNUM

Château Gombaude-Guillot

2010 Pomerol MAGNUM Château Gombaude-Guillot - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Our Bordeaux selection is different. Young buyers whose parents did not have a cellar of old “clarets,” as the English say, might be surprised, because ours aren’t all jam and new oak. Ours have intensity, but not from high alcohol. Ours don’t enrich chemists and enologists. Our producers don’t make fortunes by following fashionable trends.
    Here is a bright, deep-colored red that can age for decades, yet you’ll want to draw from the well right from the start. Gombaude is surrounded by famous names. It is made by Claire Laval. I don’t know if her low price is due to sexism, but why not take advantage of it? Gombaude has been farmed organically for decades and is now biodynamic. Biodynamic Pomerol! Top that if you can.
    I advised you to put Claire’s 2009 down in the cellar for your old age and for your children’s inheritance. They’ll love ya for it, believe me. Now I can say with just as much enthusiasm: cellar the 2010, too. It is as great a vintage and very different. Here you’ll find loads of bright, fresh fruit, including raspberry, and a classic Bordeaux balance of tannin and acidity.

Kermit Lynch

Vintage: 2010
Bottle Size: 1.5L
Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Producer: Château Gombaude-Guillot
Winemaker: Claire Laval
Vineyard: 40 years, 7 ha
Soil: Flint, Clay
Aging: Wine is aged in Allier oak barrels, 50% of which are new, although the proportion of new oak varies according to the vintage
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Bordeaux

Often considered the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux and its wines have captured the minds, hearts, and wallets of wine drinkers for centuries. For many, the wines provide an inalienable benchmark against which all other wines are measured.

Bordeaux is divided into three winegrowing regions with the city that gives the region its name in the near geographical center. The “right bank,” or the area located east of the Dordogne River, produces wines that are predominantly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The “left bank” is located to the west of the Garonne River and produces wines dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The third region, Entre-Deux-Mers, lies between both rivers and produces white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Though technically in the left bank, it is worth noting the appellation of Sauternes, which produces arguably the world’s most famous sweet wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle as well.

Though many top Bordeaux wines are sold en primeur (in advance of their bottling) and often through a middleman known as a negoçiant, Kermit has always preferred to purchase directly from the winemaker. For more than three decades he has sought out small producers, who make classic Bordeaux wines and are willing to play outside the negoçiant system. This ethic has led to longstanding relationships, excellent prices, and perhaps most important—wines of great value and longevity.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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