Saturday, January 31, 2009

2002 Chateau de Chambrun

The Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation is overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Pomerol. Even Wikipedia has an empty page for the appellation, meriting a simple footnote in the Pomerol entry: "The next-door and slightly larger "satellite" appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol produces similar but simpler wines, which are less long lived and more affordable."

While this may be true, the wines of Chateau de Chambrun are considered to be amongst the stars of this appellation, and are neither simple nor "affordable"...

Welcoming green tannins and cedary tobacco notes on the nose of the 2002 Château de Chambrun (Lalande-de-Pomerol), later releasing rose petal and bing cherry notes, some fresh earthy/flinty aromas, basil and vegetal notes as well. Nicely textured on the palate, but the firm tannins, fresh acidity and light fruit don't fully come together - a touch austere, maybe how Bordeaux used to be (or a reflection of the '02 vintage)...
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Score: 17/20
Price: ~C$77 (Opimian)

PS - first tasted here in the early days of Joe's Wine.

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