This property has been in the Vayron family since 1840, for eight generations. The vineyards are superbly situated close to some of Pomerol’s greatest properties, including Trotanoy and Latour à Pomerol. There are just over 21 acres of vineyard, so this is always a rare wine. We have often fallen in love with it, the first 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. 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 second wine label was introduced in 2012, for the produce of young vines, and Bourgneuf’s fruit intensity has consequently been boosted.
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. It 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 2020-2032+).
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