Chateau de Valois 2016, Pomerol
£38.95 per bottle
Cabernet Franc (19%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (4%)
A beautiful Pomerol. This has intense raisiny richness from a blend of 77% Merlot that is balanced by a backbone of 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc. Lower yielding vignes give intense rich fruit and lower volumes which are beautifully enhanced by aging in new oak barrique. Subtle flavours of plum, red berry and liquorice on the palate are nicely balanced with long and complex soft tannins.
Perfect with roasted game.
In 1886, Mrs Marie-Amelie de Nabineau, friend of the owner at that time, M. Leydet, gave the name `De Valois` to the estate. Interestingly, since that time a woman has always inherited the property. This tiny estate only covers some 7 hectares, consisting of 30 year old vines, and situated on the gravelly hill of Pomerol. In addition there are some plots from the south of Pomerol, where gravel soils are mixed with sand.