Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol 2018
|France, Bordeaux, Pomerol
Coming from the team of Christian Moueix and a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château Bourgneuf is a seamless, elegant Pomerol that still brings plenty of muscle, offering loads of ripe black cherry and cassis fruits as well as spicy oak, medium to full-bodied richness, lots of tobacco, truffle, and chocolaty nuances, silky tannins, and a great finish. This is another Pomerol that delivers the goods in 2018. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 15-20 years.
Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Bourgneuf has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notes of lavender, kirsch, black truffles and cinnamon toast over a core of blackberry pie and Black Forest cake with a waft of woodsmoke. The intense, medium to full-bodied palate packs in the black fruit layers, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and savory. Drink Date: 2022-2035.
The 2018 Bourgneuf retains the charming bouquet that I observed in barrel, offering well-defined blackberry and crushed strawberry fruit, forest floor scents percolating up with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, lithe and supple in the mouth. A touch of white pepper emerges toward the elegant finish. This is a delightful Pomerol, not long-term, but you will definitely finish a bottle.
In this wine, dense black fruits laced with dark chocolate and licorice flavors have a powerful, solid character. The wine has a massive feel, pushing richness and demanding aging. Drink the wine from 2026.
Ripe and fresh, with a focused beam of cassis, bitter cherry and raspberry reduction flavors streaming through, carried by hints of wet stone, savory and smoldering tobacco. A pinch austere through the finish, but has enough fruit to let it loosen up with cellaring. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,330 cases made.