2018 Château Vieux Potana Lalande de Pomerol AOC, Bordeaux, France (750ml)

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The family-owned Château Vieux Potana is located in Néac, and was created as a collaboration between the Dupas Family—owners of Château Bechereau—and the Michel Roland team (who advises Joël Dupas on the winemaking). Michel Rolland is one of the most influential winemakers in the world and consults for hundreds of clients in 13 different countries. The Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC borders the Pomerol region to the north, and Néac (of its two main villages) has the clay and gravelly soils commonly seen in Pomerol. Its wines exhibit the dusty, chalky tannins, dark berries and gravely undertones that are classic to the region.

A blend of 85 % Merlot and 15% Cabernet-Franc from 35-year-old vines. The select parcels were identified and mechanically harvested. Each varietal was vinified separately. Fermentation was conducted in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wines were then aged in oak barrels for 12 - 14 months in French oak barrels (1/3 new), before being blended and bottled.

Beautiful, ruby robe. Heady aromas of stewed dark fruits layered with green bell pepper and black olive. The palate shows crunchy red fruits, dried cherry and plum, graphite and sweet pipe tobacco. A great combination of power and elegance; the finish is long and seductive with fine tannins.

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