Earlier in the year I had a look a half a dozen wines from Lalande de Pomerol from the 2017 vintage. Overall these were perhaps a little less generous than I expected. Evidently the frost had a lasting legacy here. The last two vintages 2015 and 2016 have been exciting. There is elegance and interest in 2017 amongst the wines I tasted but I’d be opting to seek out wines from those two vintages over 2017. La Fleur de Boüard is the most powerful wine in the appellation. It has produced a very stylish wine in 2017. I was also impressed with Château Moncet in a lighter style, along with Château Jean de Gué and Château Tournefeuille which offer good texture and balance.
The following wines from Lalande de Pomerol were tasted back in April at the Grand Cercle event at Château Dauphine as well as at the press tasting at Château Angélus.
Château de Chambrun, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth; slightly looser to the rim than some; herbs and some spice from the oak; sweet entry; lightly bodied; lacks concentration in the middle; quite modest; some chocolate on the finish. Light but will work. Tasted April 2018 at the Grand Cercle. Drink 2021-2025. 85-87
Château Jean de Gué, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth; spicy plum note son the nose; new oak influence; some red fruits beneath; some inky intensity; fleshy intro to the palate; nice texture; has some balance with fresh acidity; some zap. Little stewed note on the finish. Tasted April 2018 at the Grand Cercle. Drink 2021-2026. 87-88
Château Moncets, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth; purple at depth; some earthy and savoury elements which work for me; perfume; sweet entry on the palate showing attractive fruit; works well in an elegant, lighter style; sweet and ripe on the palate; quite delicate but works. Tasted April 2018 at the Grand Cercle. Drink 2020-2025. 87-89+
Château Perron La Fleur, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth, slightly looser at rim; more oak influence; briary; plum and cherry; nice entry initially; then the new oak arrives and dominates the palate; this is mid weight wine that doesn’t need too much oak. Finishes a little short and dominated by the oak currently. Lacks concentration. See how it develops? Tasted April 2018 at the Grand Cercle. Drink 2020-2023. 84-86?
Château Tournefeuille, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth – little deeper than some; fuller on the nose; clearly more fruit in this sample; black cherry and plum tones; nice purity; soft entry; pure if simple; has some depth; good effort; some chew on the finish. Tasted April 2018 at the Grand Cercle. Drink 2021-2026. 86-88
La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande de Pomerol, 2017
Mid depth; deep at centre; some purple at edge; savoury; lifted perfume; nice qualities; nice pain grillé notes; ripe red fruits; had structure; some chew; but fresh and vivacious; has energy and purpose; gone for zappy freshness; nice fresh finish with punctuation. Zappy. Tasted Angélus, April 2018. Drink 2021-2030. 91-92+