Domaine de Lacombe, AOC Pomerol, Gironde, France, 2011
Refreshingly, the Pomerol appellation has no classification system, no burgeoning bureaucracy or politics – quality is indicated by what price the market will bear, at each vintage. Of course the top producers Le Pin and Petrus are always of the highest quality, made in tiny quantity, at exclusive prices.
This wine: a blend of 75% merlot with cabernet franc, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £23 (12/16)
Consumer tasting note: a complex nose of black berries and plums, violets and iris, toast, tobacco and dark chocolate; medium bodied, marked but ripe tannins, with black berries and plums, cedary-oak, liquorice and an exquisite touch of iris. Decant for an hour or two.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of cedary-plum, black berry, violets, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), black liquorice, toast, touches of tobacco and dark chocolate, a little savoury, old polished wood, iris.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of black berry and black plum, oak-cedar, liquorice, a low-key iris florality. A medium (+) length, with a clean black berry-liquorice moderately grippy finish.
Quality: very good, tannins could do with rounding out a touch more, decent intensity with better concentration, significantly complex on the nose, with tertiary edges of tobacco and chocolate, but less so on the palate, following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – the acid-tannin structure is just about there, but intensity, concentration and indicative length are somewhat lacking. Will keep for perhaps 2-3 years.