As early as 1868, La Pointe was one of the first two Pomerol properties entitled to use the name "château". This was largely thanks to the estate's elegant, Directory-style château building. La Pointe now covers 25 hectares, 22 of which are under vine (10% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 75% Merlot).The sub-soil is quite varied, containing iron oxide and marl, as well as thick layers of sand and gravel. This estate produces an attractive, rich, velvety wine. Fermentation takes place in traditional vats and the wine is left on the skins for two to three weeks according to the vintage. Once the malolactic fermentation is over, the wine is blended. Only the finest vats are sold under the Château name. Depending on the vintage, Château La Pointe is then aged for ten to eighteen months in oak barrels. One third of these are renewed every year. The wine is topped up once a week racked every three months and fined with egg white prior to bottling.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 La Pointe is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, picked between 27 September for the younger vines for the second wines, and 1 October for the heart of the Merlot, the Cabernet picked 8 and 12 October. Eric Monnoret told me that the 2015 was matured in 50% new oak. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet compared to recent vintages of La Pointe, with opulent red berry fruit, kirsch, cassis and patina of tar. The palate is medium-bodied, firm in the mouth at the moment, quite structured, the oak nicely integrated with a slightly savory finish. This is a robust La Pointe, quite spicy in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It will gain more harmony during its élevage.
|Grape varieties||Merlot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LA POINTE 33501 LIBOURNE CEDEX FRANCE|
|Producer||Château La Pointe|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 16
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 91-94
- Country : France
- Decanter : 90
- Grape varieties : Merlot/Cabernet Franc