This property has been in the Vayron family since 1840, for 8 generations. The vineyards are superbly situated close to some of Pomerol’s greatest properties, including Trotanoy and Latour à Pomerol. Soils are warm, so many vines avoided total destruction by the devastating 1956 frosts. Those pre-1956 vineyards are being progressively replaced, but the average age of the property’s vines is still around 35 years, giving low yields of impressively concentrated wines. The 2016 was assembled from 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc, and, as in past years, the wine is ageing in around 30% new barrels, a few of which contained the wine for its secondary fermentation, adding to the soft, luscious mouthfeel.
There are just over 21 acres of vineyard, so this is always a rare wine. We have often fallen in love with it, the 1st vintage we shipped being the 1981. Subtle adjustments in vineyard and winery since 2008, when daughter Frédérique joined her parents on the property, have significantly raised quality here. For instance, harvesting is more precise than it used to be, and they may stop the vintage, to allow individual plots to ripen fully. “We never used to do this in Pomerol,” says Madame Vayron senior. A 2nd wine label was introduced in 2012, for the produce of young vines, and Bourgneuf’s fruit intensity has consequently been boosted. This 2016 shows splendid depth of purple colour, the nose being vibrant with ripe intensity. The palate is full-bodied, with an explosion of elegant fruit, and rich texture. Tannins are gently mouth-coating, with beautiful, refreshing length. This has great potential for ageing, and is a perfect candidate for bottling into magnums and larger formats (for drinking 2020-2030+).
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