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Organically grown, pedigreed Bordeaux? Say no more. Olivier Techer, who learned to make wine from his pioneering mother, regales us time after time, never missing, with his slightly rustic, always alluring Pomerol from his family’s storied outpost on the right bank. A touch of Cabernet Franc lends a peppery accent to this Merlot-based blend that’s both curvy and firm, with tangy red fruit and woodsmoke on the nose. After a few years in bottle, it now reveals a more savory, velvety quality. Bordeaux as luxurious as this one makes an apt pairing for a banquet of dishes ranging from grilled flank steak to lamb chops to charred and herby chicken hot off the grill.

Jane Augustine

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
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 The Region

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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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