Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2015
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It is not without reason that Pomerol is often referred to as the most Burgundian appellation in Bordeaux. The vineyards are formed of small parcels, many no more than a few hectares and despite having no formal classification system, there is a very definite hierarchy based on a combination of location and soil profile, with the properties on the plateau at the top of the tree. Here there is a specific blue iron-rich subsoil called crasse de fer and radiating away from the centre the soils become gradually more gravelly, sandy, or calcareous, depending on where they are in the appellation.
Château Guillot Clauzel is microscopic, even by Pomerol standards, with just 1.7 hectares, and is squished between Le Pin and Trotanoy (both on the clay plateau), with Nenin (on gravel) at the gate; not surprisingly therefore it has a mix of clay and gravel soils, giving depth and intensity from the clay and freshness from the gravel.
Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2015 @ £295 per case of 12 bottles in bond
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple black with a nose of black cherry, rich and inviting, leading to a palate of dense, smooth black fruit with substantial ripe, grilled tannins behind, rich and almost creamy without being lush going to a sweet, ripe, persistent finish. Delicious – proper Pomerol. Drink 2023 – 2032
Even miniscule vineyards like Guillot Clauzel have to replace tired vines and sometimes that can mean uprooting a whole plot, with all the disruption that entails for at least the following five or so years. The gorgeously gnarled old Cabernet Franc vines right by the cellar door had reached the stage of producing decent fruit only one year out of every three so the decision was made to replant with Merlot which will not become part of the blend for several years to come.