Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012
Château Pétrus, Pomerol 2011
The wine is a dark purple red, that is not quite opaque.
The aromas are predominantly quite savoury with notes of blackberry, boysenberry, damson, bullace and black olive. The wine is beautifully fresh and the alcohol balanced to give just a slight hint of warmth at the finish. On the palate the fruit has a red fruit edge with mulberry and damson. The tannic structure is very fine, the plentiful oak is well handled, adding toasty drying notes. The finish is fabulously long with lifted vanilla freshness at the end.
Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol 2011
The wine’s colour is a fabulously deep purple red which is so concentrated it keeps it right to the rim.
The aromas leap spectacularly from the glass, the powerful, perfumed black fruit aromas being detectable before the wine was within a foot of my nose. The fruit aromas are fresh, well defined and are enhanced by oak spices.
The palate starts with the firm savoury tannins but soon resolves itself into the most elegant, seamless combination of pure black fruits and fine, intense tannins – the integration of these elements is superb. The fruit is lent complexity by delicate high-toned spices and an underlying peppery grip. For all its intensity the wine is of mid weight. At the finish the wine has effortless balanced alcohol and acidity. The very long finish has both tannic grip and lively black fruit. The wine’s poise and harmony make it a serious contender to be the wine of the vintage.
69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc & 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Lafleur, Pomerol 2011
With a deep dark ruby core and a purple rim, the wine is not quite opaque.
There are brooding, complex aromas that combine high-toned ripe black cherry and dark olive characteristics with a meaty note.
The palate starts savoury and displays a very tight, dense structure of velvety tannins that for all their power remain impressively supple. The wine has wonderful balance with fresh acidity and alcohol that doesn’t intrude at all. The juicy black fruit gains notes of meat and dark olives as it builds to the long dry, savoury finish. For such an intense wine this has brilliant poise. For me one of the wines of the vintage.
Château Trotanoy, Pomerol 2011
Medium to deep, dark, purple/ruby colour.
Red fruit aromas are melded with clean vanilla oak.
The palate has beautiful, bright red-fruit flavours and lovely fresh acidity. Fine tannins have a lovely suppleness. The wine has balanced alcohol and good acidity, giving a long, fresh red fruit finish.
La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol 2011
Medium to deep, dark ruby red.
Quite closed aromas.
The palate is supplered fruit at first then shows underlying fine, velvety to grainy tannins that are quite drying and leave the finish savoury. The alcohol and acid are balanced. There is some attractive vanilla and strawberry fruit on the long finish. This should develop beautifully.
Château Gazin, Pomerol 2011
Deep dark, not quite opaque ruby red colour.
Aromas are restrained, with ripe redcurrant fruit, plum, cocoa butter and cedar.
Savoury oak spices dominate the red fruits on the palate. The tannoins are fine and supple but contribute a good grip to the finish. Acidity is quite fresh and the wine’s alcohol is balanced to warm.
Petit Village, Pomerol 2011
Medium Purple red colour
Lovely, clean red-fruit aromas.
Beautifully defined, ripe, redcurrant and red cherry fruit is supported by silky textured tannins. The fabulously fresh soft fruit is tempered by a green edge to the wine’s tannins. The wine has fresh acidity, balanced alcohol and fair length.
81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Clinet, Pomerol 2011
Deep dark, almost opaque purple red colour.
The wine’s aromas are predominantly of red fruits and coffee grounds with underlying meaty notes.
The palate is quite drying with plentiful fine tannins. Good acidity lifts the red fruit nicely so elegant redcurrant notes remain on the finish even after the drying tannins have subsided. The acidity is fresh and the alcohol is balanced, the finish is long and refined if a little drying.