A bright and vibrant ruby in the glass, this Château Guillot Clauzel expression captures all that you would expect from a benchmark Pomerol wine.
It’s feminine and fleshy, with fine tannins and structure. The inviting aroma is evocative of charcuterie, violet earth, and herbs. On the palate, medium-bodied meatiness gives way to liquorice, ripe, black cherry, truffle and mocha notes. At once juicy and refreshing, it finishes on a herbaceous note with smooth texture that goes on and on. With age, you can expect to discover more gamey and spice notes.
"Very deep and rich for this estate. I am blown away with the richness and complexity. It offers such depth of chocolate and red-fruit flavor. Full body and round, very fine tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Salty and minerally. This is one to look for. New Le Pin? Made by Guillaume Thienpoint, the son of the winemaker at Le Pin and VCC. A blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. 5,500 bottles made from only 2.5 hectares."
97-98 Points, JamesSuckling.com
"This has clear mid palate expansion and gentle sweet berry fruits with layers and precision. Extremely Pomerol, a lovely wine. 50% new oak. Second year with Guillaume Thienpont overseeing the vineyard.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038"
92 Points, Decanter
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.