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 the 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: lot No. L2305, a blend of 75% merlot with cabernet franc, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £23 (12/16)
Last tasted 30/12/16.
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby, a fully developed wine for drinking now, not keeping, with aromas of baked red plum, dried cranberry, hints of black berry and savoury black olive, then vanilla pod and warm black liquorice; medium bodied, with flavours of black berry and a richer edge of black cherry, some red glace cherry and dried currant, finishing with black liquorice. A medium length. Decant for 45 minutes. Drink up now.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of baked red plum tinged with bees-wax, spicy, a hint of cumin, savoury, dried cranberry, dark red plum jam, touches of blackberry and black olive, dried vanilla pod, warm soft black liquorice, hint of dried herbs.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of black berry, a richer hint of black cherry, red glace cherry, savoury, dried currant, black liquorice. A medium length, with a clean black berried edged with black liquorice finish.
Quality: a soundly good wine, with a clear balance of acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol; of decent intensity with similar concentration, with a modest length; quality is lifted by a better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in wood and bottle, with notes of vanilla and cumin, and baked fruit, dried fruit, savoury and bees-wax.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure and balance, fully developed, interesting complexity, but otherwise nothing special. Drink up now.