Chateau Gombaude Guillot Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Gombaude Guillot Pomerol with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Gombaude Guillot History, Overview

Chateau Gombaude Guillot dates back to 1868, when the vineyard was given as part of a dowry by the Belevier family to celebrate the wedding of Marie Belevier and Pierre Darbeau. In the estate’s formative years, the property was probably known as Lalande et Belevier.

The name of the estate was changed by the late 1800’s to Chateau Gombaude Guillot. The small chateau on the property was built in 1922. At the time, it also served as a meeting place and cafe for the local residents, who often met there to share wines.

Interestingly, during the 1940’s, the estate produced wine under two names, Les Grandes Clinet and Chateau Gombaude Guillot. Today, the property is managed by a direct descendant of the Belivier family, Claire Laval and Dominique Techer.

Olivier Techer, the son, who is a professionally trained, classic, French chef is the next in line to manage the property. Since the family brought in Thomas Duclos to consult, the wines have started showing improvement.

Chateau Gombaude Guillot Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 6.9 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Gombaude Guillot is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Although there are some Malbec vines that remain planted in the vineyard.

The terroir is gravel, sand and clay soil. They have good neighbors as they are situated not far from Chateau Trotanoy, Chateau Clinet and Chateau LEglise Clinet. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare.

The vines are old, with an average age of 40 years. However, they have parcels with vines that are more than 60 years of age.

Chateau Gombaude Guillot was one of the first chateaux in Pomerol to embrace organic, self-sustainable farming. This began to take place with the 1992 vintage, under the direction of Claire Laval. By the 2000 vintage, they moved to 100% organic farming earning their certification from Ecocert. Starting with the 2005 vintage, the chateau had transitioned to 100% biodynamic farming techniques.

To produce the wine of Chateau Gombaude Guillot the wine is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and traditional, cement tanks.

Starting with the 2012 vintage, half of the wine wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels, along with barrels from Austria.

The remaining wine is aged in cement vats for between 12 to 14 months before bottling. They are also currently experimenting with using clay amphorae in the aging process to soften the wine, and add more minerality.

There is a second wine, Cadet de Gombaude. On average, close to 2,500 cases of wine are produced each vintage at Gombaude Guillot.

A few vintages of Chateau Gombaude Guillot Cuvee Speciale were produced starting with the 1985 vintage. The wine is the same as the Grand Vin, except that it was aged in up to 100% new French oak barrels, which was not the case for the regular Grand Vin, which was not aged in oak barrels. 1989 was the final vintage for the Gombaude Guillot Cuvee Speciale.

Gombaude Guillot also owns other small, vineyards in Pomerol that they purchased in 1996 where they produce, Chateau Clos Plince and Pom n’ Roll. Pom n’Rol is almost completely vinified in stainless steel, only 5% of the wine is aged in oak.

When to Drink Chateau Gombaude Guillot, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Gombaude Guillot is much better with at least 4-7 years of aging in good vintages when it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Gombaude Guillot offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-15.

Serving Chateau Gombaude Guillot with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Gombaude Guillot is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Gombaude Guillot is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. The wine is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Château Gombaude-Guillot Wine Tasting Notes

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2018Château Gombaude-Guillot  (Pomerol)89

Medium bodied, ripe, round and forward with dark chocolate covered red berries, this wine is fresh and easy to drink. 88-90 Pts

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2017Château Gombaude-Guillot  (Pomerol)88

Medium bodied, fruity and offering a plum and chocolate center, the tannins are soft and the wine is fresh with a straightforward character.

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2016Château Gombaude-Guillot  (Pomerol)90

Medium bodied, bright and dark plums along with hints of flowers, cherry and cocoa, the tannins are round, there is good freshness but beware a bitter note in the finish that takes away from the wine. That being said, this is the best wine I recall tasting here and much of that credit is due to their new consultant, Thomas Duclos.

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2009Château Gombaude-Guillot  (Pomerol)85

Medium bodied, bright red fruits, thyme, earth and a hint of coffee bean in the nose. This lighter, early drinking Pomerol, shows a rustic, bright, cherry finish.

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1998Château Gombaude-Guillot  (Pomerol)84

Medium bodied, simple, earthy, red fruits with a touch of roughness in the finish. This is fully mature and requires drinking to grab the rest of its fruit, before it fades.

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