Even though Hubert de Bouard was raised with the knowledge that his family’s Saint-Emilion estate produces some of the finest wines in Bordeaux, he was also convinced that a ‘lesser’ appellation like Lalande de Pomerol was equally suitable to making great wines. He set out to prove that theory in 1998 when he purchased a pristine 25 hectare vineyard in the middle of the appellation near the town of Pomerol. They were vines that had been lovingly and painstakingly tended by a postman for years so Hubert knew he was starting with great raw material. He restructured the vineyard over a 12 year period, now planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and implemented integrated, sustainable farming practices which are producing thriving, healthy grapes. With the help of his children, Coralie and Mathieu, this arm of the De Bouard family has achieved their goal of making very fine wines from their Lalande de Pomerol estate.
This 2012 is a blend of 85% Merlot 7% Cabernet franc 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is how it was made, “the fruit from each individual plot is vinified separately using gravity alone in small truncated cone-shaped tanks. The wine is then aged in oak for 18 to 24 months in barrels, of which 75% are new.” Hubert has achieved his goal indeed in crafting an excellent wine from this 'lesser' appellation. It hits all the right notes with classic fruit flavors of plum, cassis and blackcurrant to go with sensory spices, pencil lead, cocoa and tobacco.