Chateau La Pointe 2016

Chateau La Pointe 2016

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In an area known for small estates, Chateau La Pointe is a rather large at 23 hectares. There are only 2 estates that are larger in Pomerol. In fact, Chateau La Pointe encompasses 2% of total Pomerol land area. The estate is rather new, being founded in the middle of the 19th century. The estate takes its name from the triangular shape of the vineyards. The estate began with a very good reputaion in the late 19th century but the estate (and area) fell into disrepair. The resurrection began in 1941 when the d'Artfeuille family purchased the estate. The slowly began to renovate the estate but they finally sold it to a the French Insurance group Generali France in 2007. Generali France has spent massive amounts of money to renovate the estate and upgrade the wines. All the Cabernet Sauvignon vines were pulled out and replace with Cabernet Franc and Merlot which is better suited for the area.

The Estate is planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine is still vinified in concrete tanks but the tanks have been decreased in size so different plots of vines can be vinified separately.

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Wine Spectator: 92
Lively, offering raspberry and boysenberry fruit infused with anise, carried by velvety structure and backed by bright acidity. A light apple wood spine keeps this honest.
Decanter: 92
A very silky, sexy take on the vintage, really demonstrating how they are subtly building delivery of power in La Pointe. The tannins are well defined and pliable, a good support for the black fruits while maintaining the welcoming house style. I really like this wine. The power is subtle but unmistakable and it is clearly going to age well. Hubert de Bouard consults.
James Suckling: 93
This is a very solid Pomerol with a nice balance of fine, dry tannins with well-judged ripeness. But the red-fruit character is a bit shy and a couple of years are probably needed for it to open up fully. Long and complex, dry finish. Drink or hold.