Château Guillot Clauzel Pomerol 2017
2 hectares located in the immediate vicinity of Le Pin, Enclos Tourmalin and Trotanoy. Owned by the heirs of Clauzel. Blue clay with a slight slope. Insiders will rate this as the best terroir in Pomerol. The main advisor is Guillaume Thienpont, son and wine maker on the neighboring VCC. The cousins Jan and Florian Thienpont are also involved as directors. For the first time in the 2018 vintage, Guillaume Thienpont is technically and solely responsible for the winery in the vineyard. Guillaume already makes the wines from Le Pin and Vieux Chateau Certan. It is absolutely foreseeable that revolutionary things will continue to happen here and Guillaut Clauzel will be among the top ten at Pomerol within the next ten years, because the basic requirements are there. Old vines, the Merlot vines here are over 60 years old and make up 80% of the vines. There are also 20% Cabernet Francs, which are just over 20 years old. The vineyards are entirely owned by the Clauzel family. Guillot Clauzel 2017 consists of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The 20% Cabernet Franc dominate the entrance into the nose, at least in their high aromatics. Rich, spicy raspberry. Almost dark, mixed with blackberry. Only then does the Merlot black cherry come slowly. Very spicy, intense nose full of tension. The best Pomerol have an ingenious red fruit component. VVC and Clinet were certainly the pioneers, but here on Guillot Clauzel we find a similar balance. A little more Cabernet Sauvignon would be chic, but you won't find it here. After fermentation, the expansion takes place here to a large extent in the second filling of the barrels from Vieux Chateau Certan. A little bit of new wood is added. This beautiful red fruitiness of the nose continues in the mouth. Clear raspberry here too, now comes a little strawberry, sloe and sour cherry. But not nearly as intensely as on VCC or Clinet. In the mouth, the Merlot is ultimately the dominant with its pushing black cherry. A little cassis, a little blackberry. What impresses with this wine, and that is probably due to the outstanding terroir, is this great harmony, this balance. But of course the breakthrough into the top class of the Pomerol will only happen with the conversion of the vineyards and the fermentation until expansion by Guillaume Thienpont. 2017 was definitely a great success for this quality from Chateau. The 2017er fits perfectly into the series of 2015 and 2016. If the price is good, and always has been, it is almost a bargain with the future prospects of this winery.