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Chateau La Pointe History, Overview
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, triangular 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 third largest property in the Pomerol area with 23 hectares. Only Chateau de Sales and Chateau Nenin are larger. In fact, Chateau La Pointe is so big, it takes up more than 2% 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, who later purchased Chateau La Serre in St. Emilion. Following their ownership, Chateau La Pointe was sold to a French insurance company Generali France in 2007. Eric Monneret was named the director. 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 hectoliters. 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 did not stop there, as they completed a new drainage system and ecologically friendly, vatroom. The new vat house allowed for parcel by parcel vinification.
Chateau La Pointe Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 23 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau La Pointe is one of the larger vineyards in the tiny, Pomerol appellation. The terroir consists of gravel, sand and clay soils. The vineyards are planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The vines are on average 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,300 vines per hectare to 7,600 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are found in the newer plantings. Much of their works takes place with the goal of lowering yields. While previous and current vintages were close to 35 hectoliters per hectare, give or take, the goal is to further reduce yields to an average of 20 hectoliters per hectare, to improve the concentration in the wine.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Pointe, vinification takes place in traditional concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels for 50% of the harvest. The remaining 50% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in tank. The wines are then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. Previous vintages were aged in 50% new, French oak. Chateau La Pointe produces more than 12,000 cases of Pomerol wine per year from their Right Bank estate. There is a second wine, Pomerol de la Pointe. The name of the second wine has changed as it was previously known as La Pointe Riffat.
Serving and Decanting Chateau La Pointe with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Pointe is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Pointe is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Pointe is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.
Château La Pointe Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Polished, soft plums and chocolate with earthy black cherry to complicate matters, the fruit is juicy, medium bodied and shows dark chocolate in the finish.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 805 Views
2015 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Medium-bodied, fresh, plummy and polished, there is freshness and sweet fruits that taste and feel great.
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 324 Views
It's difficult to find value in Pomerol, but it can be done. Medium-bodied, fresh, plummy and floral, this wine finishes with dark, red fruits, cocoa and a little zing of spice. 88 - 90 Pts
Apr 27, 2016points - Tasted 1117 Views
2014 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Medium bodied, elegant, fresh, soft textured wine, with a sweet, plum and cherry core of fruit, hints of thyme, espresso, flowers and dark chocolate. This should be easy to drink young. The wine was made from a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc.
Feb 4, 2017points - Tasted 1432 Views
Chocolate-coated plums and flower scents with ripe textures and a silky finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1645 Views
2013 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Bright red fruits with a fresh, crisp quality and a touch of herbs are what you'll find in this medium bodied wine. This will be best in its youth before the fruit fades.
Feb 9, 2016points - Tasted 1591 Views
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. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 87-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2014points - Tasted 1366 Views
2012 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 3464 Views
2011 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Truffle, chocolate, plum and forest scents, soft textures, medium body and a fresh, bright black raspberry finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 21, 2012points - Tasted 2495 Views
2010 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
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!
Feb 7, 2013points - Tasted 6115 Views
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
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 2763 Views
2009 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
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.
Jan 1, 2014points - Tasted 3867 Views
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
Jul 27, 2010points - Tasted 3323 Views
2008 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
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
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 3447 Views
2005 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
This is a light, simple wine. There was no there, there.
Jan 20, 2008points - Tasted 5340 Views
2001 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Fully developed, medium bodied, with a black cherry, wet earth and thyme centered nose, the wine straddles the fence between its elegant side, with a bit of rusticity in the tannins.
Oct 26, 2016points - Tasted 1198 Views
2000 Château La Pointe ( Pomerol)
Medium bodied, simple, light, earthy, stoic, almost austere wine, that is past maturity and starting to lose its fruit. This requires consumption before the remaining cherry notes are gone.
Feb 14, 2017points - Tasted 1780 Views