2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Bordeaux is back on the rise after years of being shunned by sommeliers and other wine enthusiasts in favor of the novel, obscure, and often downright weird. Is it possible to be classic and trendy at the same time? Gombaude-Guillot, our beloved organic Pomerol grower, proves that it is not only possible but also truly exciting for all walks of the wine world. With incredible depth, power, and fine but grippingly youthful tannins, this is unmistakably Pomerol—in the style on which this great appellation built its reputation. Yet its rich, velvety texture and vivid fruit, suggesting blackberry and plum with an almost wild intensity, are certain to appeal to classically trained palates and thrill-seeking youths alike.
|Blend:||85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc|
|Vineyard:||40 years, 7 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in Allier oak barrels, 50% of which are new, although the proportion of new oak varies according to the vintage|
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