Château La Rose Figeac Pomerol 2016
This tiny 4 hectare winery is located in Pomerol on the border to the Figeac district in Saint Emilion. The immediate neighbor is Chateau La Tour Figeac and Chateau Figeac starts at a stone's throw. The whole thing is owned by Nathalie Despagne, whose cousin includes responsible for Guillot Clauzel. The winery has been certified organic since 2009. The changeover began in 2006. One of the few 100% organic wine goods in Pomerol. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Predominantly sandy and a hint of loamy soil, so very fine Pomerol wines here. The style of the house is therefore elegant, fine and fully focused on finesse. For an organic winery with extremely good foliage work, 2016 was not as problematic as for conventional winegrowers, despite the drought and sandy soils. They have had this advantage for the second year in a row. The wines are 100% destemmed and then fermented spontaneously. The expansion takes place half in new and half in older barriques. In 2016, La Rose Figeac for the first time operated a slightly different type of vinification with some special plots of old vines. The wines are fermented in open, small wooden barrels, and the cap is then pressed down gently by hand. This is a bit "state often the art" to handle the extraction from shells and seeds more carefully. What is certain about the 2016 La Rose Figeac: the nose is denser, softer, rounder, more voluminous and at the same time incredibly fine. The tannin is so polished on the nose, you can smell the fresh fruit acid, including subtlety and incredible harmony. And although it makes up less than 10%, the Cabernet Franc is the first rush in the mouth. Beautiful porridge from ripe raspberry, almost a little boiled raspberry, red groats. The whole thing very berry. The Merlot forms the beautiful black berry frame on which this raspberry floats. The whole thing is backed by fine spice, but equipped with butter-soft tannin, with very nice freshness, lively acidity. Incredibly delicate and tasty at the same time. And we came directly from Chateau Fonroque in Saint Emilion, which sets standards, and I have to say that I'm almost a little more enthusiastic here at La Rose Figeac because the harmony is exactly what I expect from a beautiful Pomerol. Of course, L’Eglise Clinet, L’Evangile, and La Croix will all be bigger wines in the end, but which is the nicer, more delicious, more delicious, smoother wine? It's nice to jump in here. To drink right now, and the wine will still have a long life. This is a beautiful, archetypal Pomerol, and these sandy soils make me hope that my favorite La Croix is on the same wavelength. Finesse, density, fruity intensity are never exhausting. The bottle will always be drunk and everyone will enjoy it. This is a superb pomerol.