Domaine Grand Ormeau - Lalande de Pomerol

91 points - The Wine Advocate
Domaine Grand Ormeau - Lalande de Pomerol - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Grand Ormeau - Lalande de Pomerol

91 points - The Wine Advocate
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Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2018 Grand-Ormeau is a little closed, giving glimpses at tar, tilled soil and fungi suggestions with a crushed blackberries and blueberry-scented core. Medium-bodied with vibrant fruit and great freshness in the mouth, it is framed by soft tannins and finishes with a peppery kick.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Lalande-de-Pomerol
Producer:
Chateau Grand Ormeau
Grapes/Blend:
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV:
14%
Pairing Sugesstions:
Duck, Game Birds, Lamb, Beef, Venison, Charcuterie and Cured Meats

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Bordeaux - Onshore Cellars

Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation.

The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Lalande-de-Pomerol

Lalande-de-Pomerol

Lalande-de-Pomerol is a wine appellation located in the Bordeaux region of France, directly north of the more famous Pomerol appellation. While it does not carry the same prestige...

Lalande-de-Pomerol is a wine appellation located in the Bordeaux region of France, directly north of the more famous Pomerol appellation. While it does not carry the same prestige as its neighbor, Lalande-de-Pomerol produces high-quality wines that often represent excellent value, offering a similar style and profile at more accessible price points.

**Geography and Soil:**
The Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation covers approximately 1,100 hectares and is situated on the right bank of the Dordogne River. The terrain is made up of gravel and sand soils, with some areas also containing significant amounts of clay and iron deposits, which are particularly beneficial for growing the Merlot grape, the dominant varietal in the region.

**Grapes and Wine Style:**
Merlot is the primary grape variety used in Lalande-de-Pomerol, often blended with Cabernet Franc and smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. This results in rich, plummy, and often lush wines with soft tannins and a velvety texture. The wines are known for their deep color, aromas of dark fruits like cherries and blackberries, and earthy undertones. They can also display notes of spice and oak, depending on the winemaking techniques used.

**Wine Production and Aging Potential:**
The wines of Lalande-de-Pomerol are generally approachable at a younger age compared to some of the more robust Bordeaux wines. However, many have good aging potential, maturing gracefully over five to fifteen years. The winemaking approach in Lalande-de-Pomerol often involves aging in oak barrels, which contributes to the complexity and structure of the wines.

**Overall Character and Appeal:**
Lalande-de-Pomerol is appreciated by wine lovers who seek the richness and depth typical of the right bank Bordeaux wines but at a more moderate cost. The appellation offers a variety of styles, from more straightforward, fruit-forward wines to more structured and complex offerings, depending on the producer and vintage.

Lalande-de-Pomerol stands as a testament to the diversity and richness of Bordeaux’s wine regions, providing an excellent opportunity to explore high-quality Merlot-based wines that embody the character and craftsmanship of the area.

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