94 insider points

90 points Decanter

90 points – Gilbert & Gaillard:

 

REVIEWS

An impressive, small production, peak drinking CLASSIC Pomerol! I had this wine put in front of me by a local French lady who is a family friend of the winery. She and her husband used to live right down the street from the Family and developed a great relationship with them. I was honored to be tasting such a lovely wine that was close to her heart. I was impressed by the structure here and how much lovely fruit was still left on this 7 year old wine, a sign of a quality Pomerol that has some more aging potential to play with. All of you Bordeaux lovers will appreciate the roasted fruits, savoriness and velvety texture. I wanted to put this in front of you simply becuase I loved it and to find a pomerol at this price that tastes this good is a treat! Recommended decanting for 1 hr before consumption. Drink now or cellar til 2025.

Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 17 James Lawther MW 17 Steven Spurrier 17: 

Attractive florality of red and black fruits. Good firmness and vigour on the palate, with clarity, freshness and grip. Sleek and supple but not overly sumptuous, as there’s restraining acidity to keep it taut. Definite ageing potential. Big but balanced. ~Decanter

“Vibrant red. Expressive nose of crunchy red berry fruits underscored by subtle, lightly toasted oak. The palate offers up archetypal aromas, fullness, velvety tannins and focused fruit. A handsome wine obviously boasting ageability.” ~Gilbert & Gaillard

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
  • APPELLATION
    Pomerol, Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FERMENTATION
    Concrete vats
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    60% New French Oak
  • PRODUCTION
    1,250 Cases
  • WINDOW
    Now-2025
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

The Grandeur of Pomerol – without breaking the bank

Why we’re drinking it:

Ah Pomerol. The miniscule but bold region where world-renowned producers among the tangle of country roads make great wines without the pretense of grand chateaux or flashy signs. Like its neighbors, Chateau La Ganne is modest and charming. This age-worthy bottle from one of Bordeaux most sought-after regions offers up the sensuous palate for which the region is known. Unlike its neighbors, Chateau La Ganne makes First Growth quality wine without the First Growth prices.

Why we love it:

After viticulture was all but abandoned during the Hundred Years War (1337 – 1453), vines finally took hold in Pomerol’s unique soil in the 15 th Century. Yet, it wasn’t until the 1950s that two British merchants rediscovered the gorgeous wines here and brought them to the world. What really sets Pomerol apart from its neighbors is the soil. The gravel laced blue clay soils force vines to struggle for their very existence. But the strong survive and the notoriously low yields make wines that are remarkably voluptuous and deeply flavored.

Unlike its neighbors Lafluer and Petrus, Chateau La Ganne’s prices aren’t based on breaking the bank. And in a great year like 2010, the structured beauty of Chateau La Ganne’s Pomerol combines with fresh acidity for a glass that is transcendent AND affordable. You can taste the struggle of the vines, the complex history, and the passion of the vintners in this bottle. Here, Merlot’s elegance reigns supreme and Cabernet Franc lends muscular flavors of rich red cherries.

TASTING NOTES 

Big Bouquet of flowers mingled with red and black fruits. On the palate the roasted fruits from aging pair nicely with the depth of earth tones and clay soil. The depth of darkness and structure are starting to show peak maturity while maintaining velvety smooth tannins and a persistent finish to delight. 

*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the Winery: 

The generosity of a terroir, the harmony of the grape varieties, the fruit and the work of man ... Château La Ganne has been exploited for four generations by the Dubois-Lachaud winegrowing family, which has endeavored to develop With passion this terroir exceptional. Today, we, Paule and Michel, ensure the perenniality of this vineyard of Pomerol , considered as one of the smallest appellations Gironde by the surface with its 750 ha and which is still part of the most renowned for its quality.

The wine of the Château La Ganne is very typical of Pomerol. Merlot, a grape variety, gives it charming, feminine characteristics, a lot of finesse and balance combined with real power, which allows it to be long-lasting while being able to be drunk quite young. This character opens a wide range of gourmet chords, both with sophisticated dishes and with simple dishes.

THE VINEYARD

Château La Ganne, located south-west of Pomerol, near Saint-Emilion, has 4 ha and is an average of the Pomerol properties. An appellation that deserves to be loved twice rather than one. Composed of gravels more or less sandy on a basement of "filth of iron" so peculiar to Pomerol, this terroir gives our wine its incomparable velvety and delicate aromas. Our vines are traditionally plowed with the permanent concern to respect the very nature of the soil and the plant.

This respect for the environment brings us to the reasoned cultivation of all our vineyards. Merlot, a "King of Pomerol" grape variety, is planted with 90% and 10% Cabernet Franc. Here the harvest is manual, picked up in crates; A vibrating and blowing MISTRAL sorting table accelerates and distributes the harvest: berries and waste have different trajectories; Very effective in purifying the harvest. We strive to keep only the best of the grapes.

Winemaking

The winemaking process seeks to gently reveal all the richness of our grapes through long thermo-regulated macerations. All the progress of modern oenology, combined with the tradition and the experience gained and bequeathed by our grandparents and parents vignerons, are put at the service of the elaboration of a wine of great character.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pomerol goes well in wine and food matching with the majority of braised, roasted or grilled meats ranging from beef, veal, pork and game.

How about a roasted stuffed pork tenderloin stuffed with a homemade bread stuffing drizzled with a cider reduction sauce. Serve with roasted or grilled peaches or apples and your favorite braised greens.