Country: France Region: Bordeaux (Pomerol)
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2005 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Plince
Château Plince is situated just outside the village of Catusseau in Pomerol, and has been owned by the Moreau family for over four generations. The vineyard, planted on dark sand with an iron-rich subsoil, is made up of one block and counts Châteaux Nenin and La Pointe as its neighbors.
The vineyard is tended traditionally and with great care throughout the year (leaf-thinning, green harvests) in order to produce optimally ripe fruit that is expressive of this terroir.
After harvest, the grapes undergo a careful sorting before being transferred to thermo-regulated cement tanks, where they are stored for one week of pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation lasts for 1-2 weeks, and after 1-2 weeks of additional maceration, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels (1/3 new) for the malolactic fermentation, followed by 12-18 months of aging.
Château Plince produces a classic Pomerol with the beautiful fruit, depth and concentration typical of this appellation.
91 points Wine Spectator
This has a wonderful nose, with blackberry, licorice, Indian tea and light toasty oak. Full-bodied, with silky, integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. A pretty, elegant young Pomerol. Much better in bottle. Close to the excellent 2000. (JS) (3/2008)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a strong effort from Plince, which is not normally one of my favorite Pomerols. This offering displays a dense ruby/purple color, loads of sweet licorice, black cherry and truffle-like fruit, medium to full body and a soft underbelly. (RP) (6/2015)
Food Matches: Beef, Lamb Soft Cheese