Château La Pointe 2013

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• Domaine: Château La Pointe
• Appellation: Pomerol
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

Chateau La Pointe is one of the largest estates in this particular corner of Bordeaux. But what sets this estate apart, besides the expanse of vineyards and the grandeur of the chateau, is its proprietorship. Chateau La Pointe is a rare example on the right bank of a corporate Bordeaux wine estate. This chateau sprawls across an extensive and impressive territory, with hectares of vineyards that offer breathtaking landscapes.

As for the owners of Château La Pointe, its history is marked by a succession of families and personalities. Over the centuries, the estate has changed hands several times, each bringing their vision and passion to the management of the property. These owners have contributed to the evolution and development of the vineyard, thus leaving their mark on its history. However, since 2007, Château La Pointe has been in the hands of Generali France, an insurance company. This change in ownership has marked a new chapter in the estate's history, with new investments and a new direction to perpetuate its winemaking heritage and strengthen its position among Bordeaux's top names.

The diversity of grape varieties and viticultural practices play a crucial role in crafting quality wines at Château La Pointe. Château La Pointe is a red wine crafted primarily from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Merlot predominates in La Pointe's vineyards, thriving in the region's clay and gravel soils. Meanwhile, Cabernet Franc contributes additional structure and aromatic complexity to La Pointe's wines. Viticultural practices at Château La Pointe are meticulously tailored to each grape variety, aiming to preserve the purest expression of the terroir.

Finally, maceration at Château La Pointe is the last step before malolactic fermentation. Following this, the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, with a combination of 50% new and 50% used barrels.

Tasting Notes

"If this fleshes out ever so slightly, it could qualify as a sleeper of the vintage. This is certainly an estate on the rebound in Pomerol, after decades of disappointing and mediocre wines. This is a lovely 2013, with notes of mocha, white chocolate, black cherry jam and underbrush. It has loads of fruit and well-integrated acidity and light tannin, in a fresh, medium-bodied, easily appreciated style. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." - Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate, Rating: (86-88), Drink: 2014 - 2022

''The 2013 La Pointe is missing fruit intensity on the nose as is commonplace this vintage. It feels earthy and perhaps a little subdued. The palate is better with crisp, quite sharp red cherry and strawberry notes on the entry. The tannins are quite fine and there is no sense of under-ripeness on the finish. This is an easy-drinking La Pointe to enjoy over the next 6-8 years, what you might call a "decent stab" in a very difficult growing season.'' Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (10/28/2016) Ratings: 86 Drink: 2017-2026

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Stock Status In Stock
Appellation Pomerol
Vintage 2013
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Pomerol is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, in its earlier history, the area was primarily engaged in mixed agriculture. It was home to many apple (“pommes,” in French) orchards that gave the name to the appellation. Its origins date back to the Knights Hospitallers, symbolized by the Pomerol Cross, and it flourished even amidst challenges like the Hundred Years' War. Proximity to the river port at Libourne facilitated exports, and post-World War II investments from French and Belgian investors contributed to its global acclaim. 

What sets Pomerol apart is its unique terroir, which includes both clay and gravel, distinguishing it from the traditional clay and limestone composition of Bordeaux's right bank. Merlot dominates, constituting 80% of the plantings, and thrives in the iron-rich clay subsoil called "crasse de fer" and its core of sticky blue clay, imparting distinct character and aging potential to Pomerol wines. 

Some of Pomerol's most prominent châteaux include Pétrus, Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Le Pin, Château Trotanoy, Château La Conseillante, Château Clinet, Château L'Eglise Clinet, Château Gazin, Château L'Evangile, Clos du Clocher, Château Feytit-Clinet, Château La Petite Eglise, Château La Violette, Château Nenin, Château Hosanna, Château Beauregard, Château Bon Pasteur, Château Rouget, Clos du Beau-Père, Château Fleur de Gay, Château La Pointe, Château Petit Village, Clos l'Eglise, Château La Cabanne and Vieux Château Certan. Pomerol lacks an official classification system, instead, the reputation and quality of châteaux are based on historical performance. Unlike neighboring Saint-Emilion, the appellation exclusively produces red wine, while its white wines remain unclassified. 

Pomerol wines are known for their elegance, full body, and lush character, with dark fruit flavors, smooth tannins, and aging potential. While some can be enjoyed in youth, top wines can age gracefully for several decades, developing complexity and character over time.

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