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Chateau Croix des Rouzes, Pomerol 2018 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Merlot | Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: FRBD2008B18S
Awarded a Best In Show medal and 97 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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Chateau La Fleur des Rouzes is a micro-estate located near Chateau Clinet in Pomerol’s exclusive district, known locally as ‘the plateau’. A family property for 100+ years, the estate is comprised of only 2.8 hectares (7 acres) of vineyards and the production is only about 500 cases. The Château’s philosophy is simple: 'The nobility of our grapes makes the force of our wine'.
Made in a classic Pomerol style, the wine is from 30-year-old vines. Its assemblage is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, planted in complex soils with gravel, silt, iron and sandstone, sandwiched in between some of the most famous estates of the appellation. All harvesting is done by hand (18th Sep 2018), fermentation is conducted in stainless steel vats, and ageing occurs in French oak barrels for 12 months (65% new oak, the remainder being second- and third-fill).
Rich and noble in style, this 2018 has layers of ripe berry fruits, plums, violets, earth and spice with well-integrated oak flavors. Rich tannins make it drinkable now but ensure a long life. This is opulent, full-bodied, charming and an incredible deal.
Tasting note: we yield to the DWWA21 panel here, "it’s still a dark black-purple in colour, as you’d expect from the supremely generous 2018 vintage, with svelte, sweetly defined fresh plum and black cherry fruits billowing from the glass. On the palate, it is concentrated and deep with ample black fruit flavours (more plum than cherry now), sustaining though unforced acidity and plenty of ripe skin tannins in a soft, tongue-coating style. This amiable, affable and ample wine is open and welcoming already - indeed it’s hard to resist".