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Chateau La Pointe Pomerol Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The formation of Chateau La Pointe dates all the way back to the middle of the 19th century. The estate found the inspiration for its name due to the unusual shape of their Pomerol vineyards. Pomerol is the smallest appellation in Bordeaux. Perforce, most of the estates in Pomerol are understandably small. That is not the case with Chateau La Pointe, which is the second largest property in the entire Pomerol area with 21 hectares. Only Chateau Nenin is larger. In fact, Chateau La Pointe is so large, it takes up close to 3% of the entire Pomerol appellation!

The modern history of Chateau La Pointe starts when the property was purchased by the d’Arfeuille family in 1941. Following their ownership, Chateau La Pointe was sold to a French insurance company Generali France in 2007. One of the first decisions the new owners made was to hire Hubert de Bouard, the owner of Chateau Angelus in St. Emilion, to consult and help manage Chateau La Pointe. Under de Bouard’s direction, the estate began replanting their Right Bank vineyards. They pulled out the Cabernet Sauvignon and added more Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Both grape varieties are much better suited for Chateau La Pointe.

Additionally, massive amounts of money were spent to improve the wines and wine making facilities at Chateau La Pointe. The main area of improvement made by the estate was to add enough temperature controlled stainless steel vats to allow for vinification on a parcel by parcel basis. The estate also has concrete vats. However, at the time of the purchase, the vats were quite large at 140 hetoliters. Hubert de Bouard advised them to make them smaller and instead of purchasing new vats, he suggested they just add more concrete to the older vats, decreasing their size and saving them money as well.

The new cellars of Chateau La Pointe were designed to be green, energy efficient facilities with solar panels and a water recycling system. The renovations were completed just in time for the legendary, 2009 Bordeaux harvest. However, the work on Chateau La Pointe continues as they are now working on a new drainage system.

The 22 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau La Pointe consists of gravel, sand and clay soils. The Pomerol vineyards are planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, with vines that are on average 35 years of age. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. Chateau La Pointe produces close to 10,000 cases of Pomerol wine per year from their Right Bank estate. There is a second wine, La Pointe Riffat.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château La Pointe

    1. Light aromas of truffle, licorice and plum are found with some persuasion. On the palate, the wine is supple with sweet, dusty plums and not much concentration. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château La Pointe

    1. La Pointe is on a roll after their successful 2010. This new vintage is deep in color with coffee bean, licorice and ripe, juicy plums. On the palate, the wine is filled with lush, sexy black raspberries, chocolate and a hint of coffee bean to complicate matters. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château La Pointe

    1. Truffle, chocolate, plum and forest scents, soft textures, medium body and a fresh, bright black raspberry finish. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château La Pointe

    1. This Pomerol is clearly on the rise. There is length, balance, freshness and purity of fruit that finishes with round, silky tannins and layers of ripe, juicy plums. Showing much better in bottle than in barrel, this is the best wine I've tasted yet from Chateau La Pointe!

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. La Pointe From an assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with stony, plummy aromas. Soft textured and solid, this chateau gets a little better each year thanks to efforts of Hubert de Bouard who is consulting the property. 87-89Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château La Pointe

    1. Popped and poured, plums, black raspberry and chocolate scents, medium bodied, round textures, a bit of overipness and warmth in finish make this a top value from Pomerol, a region which has a well deserved reputation for being very expensive. If you're looking for value here, this is a good choice. Drink this in the first decade of life.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 La Pointe is filled with black raspberry jam with overtones of cassis and coffee. This chateau has shown marked improvements since Hubert de Bouard began consulting the property. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château La Pointe

    1. 08 Château La Pointe offers some red and black fruits in the nose. The wine has a freshness, yet not much depth. Here is an easy drinking, pleasant style of Pomerol. 85-87 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château La Pointe

    1. This is a light, simple wine. There was no there, there.

      85 points - Tasted
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