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Bordeaux’s Right Bank is a fairy-tale land of splendid châteaux, picturesque Roman villages, and perfectly manicured vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. Prestige permeates the air around Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, where many of the world’s most illustrious estates neighbor one another on some of France’s most prized real estate.   
     In the middle of all this sits Château Gombaude-Guillot. More rustic farmhouse than château, Gombaude symbolizes a revolutionary approach to fine Bordeaux: one of few women vignerons in the region, proprietor Claire Laval also stands out as the first organic producer in Pomerol, having obtained certification in 1992 and now introducing biodynamic principles to these already progressive farming practices.   
     This 2014, sourced straight from the Château, is everything you would expect from an aged Bordeaux of this pedigree. At a perfect stage of its evolution, it offers a striking aroma of sweet spice, woodsmoke, earth, and enduring notes of dark Merlot fruit. Rich, full, and saturated with savory pungency, the palate delivers depth and classic structure with a velvety touch before a long, satisfying finish. Dive into this mature Pomerol today for a farmer’s interpretation of Bordeaux!

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Producer: Château Gombaude-Guillot
Winemaker: Olivier Techer
Vineyard: 40 years, 7 ha
Soil: Clay, flint
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: 13.5%

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Bordeaux

map of 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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