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Jancis Robinson - Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol

Jancis Robinson - Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol

Jancis sampled in excess of 600 wines and her detailed vintage assessment (per appellation) can be found on her excellent website, which we highly recommend (and not only for Bordeaux).

More scores by Jancis


Pomerol


Ch Beau Soleil 2016

Not much nose. Thick and rich. Very flattering with some structure there too. Dry finish but I think it will get there. 

Drink 2021-2033

16.5

Ch Beauregard 2016

Dark purple. Very heady and rich on the nose. Super-luscious and easy to like with the richness of the appellation but not too much sweetness and certainly no oak or alcohol in evidence. Just not especially long but a decent effort. 

Drink 2023-2037

16.5

Ch Bellegrave 2016

Pure, clean, refreshing Pomerol in Vieux Château Certan style. Impressively refreshing and concentrated. 

Drink 2025-2040

17.5

Ch Le Bon Pasteur 2016

Purplish crimson. Rather interesting soapy/mineral aromas. Rich with a dry finish and a hint of camembert. Interesting! Good life and vivacity even if it's not in the top drawer.

Drink 2025-2040

17

Ch Bonalgue 2016

Not much nose. A little dilute and then unwelcome sweetness on the end. Very drying finish. Ungracious. 

Drink 2023-2035

15.5

Ch Bourgneuf 2016

Deep purplish crimson. Lifted nose and really polished. Less dense than some. Elegant almost!

Drink 2024-2040

16.5+

Ch La Cabanne 2016

Big and bold with pinched sweetness on the end but a neat, dry finish.

Drink 2020-2027

16

Ch Certan de May 2016

Dark crimson. Particularly rich, curranty nose. Really quite intense. And then on the palate it's all freshness and light. Should be a long-distance runner. Lots of sinew. 

Drink 2026-2044

17+

Ch La Clémence 2016 

Very rich and gamey. Dry end. Pretty exaggerated. Drying tannins on the end.

Drink 2024-2034

15.5+

Ch Clinet 2016

Blackish crimson. Headily sweet and gamey on the nose with dark, purple-fruit aromas and then this sample went dead on me on the palate. Sucked out the saliva. Very drying end. Awkward, stodgy finish. Not for me. Unripe phenolics.

Drink 2024-2036

16

Clos de la Vieille Église 2016

Sweet and a bit simple. Not really trying hard enough. 

Drink 2019-2026

15.5

Clos du Clocher 2016

Dense, lifted aromas. Then a very dry palate. Ambitious but may just be a little lacking juice. Sour end.

Drink 2025-2040

16

Ch Clos L'Église 2016

Mid slightly smudgy crimson. Not as pure as some. Very sweet start. A little simple. Pleasant enough but without real focus. And tannins a bit leathery.

Drink 2023-2035

16+

Clos René 2016

Very sweet and rich. Some freshness and floral character. Chewy, pinched end.

Drink 2024-2034

16.5

Clos Vieux Taillefer 2016

Stéphane Derenoncourt. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Sandy/iron soil near Nénin. 

Vibrant purple. Excellent freshness on the nose. Big, broad and fruity on the palate. Just a little simple in terms of fruit quality. Then pretty dry and tannic on the end. 

Drink 2021-2030

16

Clos Vieux Taillefer 2016 

Stéphane Derenoncourt consulting. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Sandy/iron soil near Nenin. 

Vibrant purple. Excellent freshness on the nose. Big, broad and fruity on the palate. Just a little simple in terms of fruit quality. Then pretty dry and tannic on the end. 

Drink 2021-2030

16

Ch La Commanderie 2016

Already some evolution and meatiness on the nose but then very drying tannins on the end.

Drink 2025-2038

16-

Ch La Conseillante 2016

Picked 28 September to 17 October. 

Not as aromatic as some of the very top Pomerols. Lovely texture but not as expressive as some. A hint of soapiness. Lots of texture buried under the substance here but needs time for the flavour to develop. Lots to chew on.

Drink 2026-2040

17+

Ch La Croix de Gay 2016

Bright glowing crimson. Floral top note. Sweet start and great care taken with tannin quality. Savoury end. Real raciness. Polish and savour. Well done. A pleasure to taste. 

Drink 2025-2042

17

Ch La Croix St-Georges 2016 

Rather sour and aggressive at this stage. Drying finish.

Drink 2021-2030

15.5+

Ch L'Église-Clinet, La Petite Église 2016

Special plots, always the same each year. 100% Merlot picked 5 October (after Église-Clinet was picked). 50% new oak. 700 cases. 

Super-juicy and so much flesh it almost covers the structure. Sweet ink. Lovely stuff. Just falls away a little bit on the end. 

Drink 2023-2031

17

Ch L'Église-Clinet 2016 

90% Merlot picked 21 September to 4 October (earlier than most), 10% Cabernet Franc picked 6 October. 43 hl/ha. 80% new oak. 

Deep sultry crimson. Heady. Savoury nose. Meaty flavours and fantastic structure with enough flesh in the middle. Not the sweetest and not as fat as usual but there is drama and depth here. Very long. I think this will come round.

14.3%

Drink 2028-2045

17.5

Ch L'Évangile, Blason de l'Évangile 2016 

Picked 26 September to 10 October. Lots of Cabernet Franc, 26%, because it suffers in the drought so it mostly went into this second wine. 

Amazingly deep colour with a bit of herbaceousness. But not aggressively so. This would be a very nice early drink. Lightly drying sandpaper tannins on the end. Good luxurious oak here! 

Drink 2022-2032

16.5

Ch L'Évangile 2016 

Average yield 29 hl/ha, reduced by very low yields on their heavy percentage of young Cabernet Franc vines. 8% Cabernet Franc. They cooled the must to 5 °C for 5-10 days until the alcohol had reached 10%. 

Extremely deep colour. Very intense, concentrated wine. Sweet start. Very muscular. Almost like cassis cordial! Massive 14.5% alcohol. Exotic and distinctive. Big and muscular. Brooding. Savoury.

14.5%

Drink 2030-2050

17.5

Ch Feytit-Clinet 2016

Lively and rich on the nose without much forcing. Really quite dramatic in 2016! Luscious yet with a framework.

Drink 2024-2036

17

Ch La Fleur-Pétrus 2016 

Dark crimson. Floral and complex bouquet that's not as dense as Hosanna's. The personality is not as clear. I wonder how many parcels went into this wine? Solid but not thrilling performance. Very dry end. 

Drink 2025-2040

17-

Ch Le Gay 2016

Very dark crimson. Very extreme and sweet and concentrated. Not a good example.

Drink 2023-2030

16

Ch Gazin 2016

Dark crimson. Rich, shiny, blackberry aromas. Sinew and a dry but not drying finish. A little austere and lacking juice but creditable. Correct.

Drink 2024-2037

16.5

Ch La Grave à Pomerol 2016

Really complex array of aromas with meat and veg evident. Intense and deep-flavoured. Lovely richness underneath. Yet with a massive charge of tannins for the future.

Drink 2025-2045

17.5

Ch Hosanna 2016

Very deep crimson. Heady and seductive nose. Both rich and lifted. Real substance and richness. Polish and depth. Massive dimension. Panoply of spice and fruit. Very exciting.

Drink 2025-2045

18

Ch Lafleur, Pensées de Lafleur 2016

45% Cabernet Franc picked 12 October; 55% Merlot picked 30 September. (The blend of early 21st century in Lafleur!) New vines coming on stream. 

Dark crimson. Very pure and non second-wine-like. Amazingly sophisticated. Beautiful texture. Just a little short but beautiful on the way. Cool end. 

Drink 2023-2033

17.5

Ch Lafleur 2016

55% Cabernet Franc picked 11 October, 45% Merlot picked 24 and 30 September. 

Deep crimson. Deeper and more concentrated than Pensées but less immediately seductive on the nose therefore. Very rich and sweet on the palate. Very rich and ripe. Velvety texture. Nervy too. Easy to see the Cabernet Franc here. Massive fruit over the tannins. Liquorice. Some violets and exotic notes. Really quite serious. Dense and a wine to have a conversation with. Minerally finish. 

Drink 2028-2045

18.5+

Ch Lafleur Gazin 2016

Dark crimson. Meaty and substantial on the nose. Very dry – as opposed to sweet. Serious, intellectual Pomerol! A wine to unfurl over many years...

Drink 2028-2042

17

Ch Lagrange 2016

Deep crimson. Sweet, broad, spicy nose. Cheerful, straightforward, juicy Pomerol that presented itself as an early drinker but then a mass of tannins crept in on the end. 

Drink 2025-2040

16.5

Ch Latour à Pomerol 2016 

Dark crimson. Relatively light nose with some floral hints. Sprightly with notable acidity. Polished and racy with very marked tannins. For the moment it's all potential rather than reality. 

Drink 2028-2044

17

Ch Lécuyer 2016

Very dark purplish crimson. Headily perfumed. Very sweet alluring start. Not too forced. Dry finish but not excessively so. Very cool for a Pomerol on the palate but it's all pretty convincingly constructed. Appetising.

Drink 2023-2035

16.5+

Ch Mazeyres 2016 

Alain Moueix consulting. Biodynamic. Some Petit Verdot. 

Glowing purple – not that dense. Toasty and interesting on the nose. Very sweet start and polished tannins. Certainly not heavy but good energy.

Drink 2023-2035

16.5

Ch Montviel 2016 

Very scented and sweet and jewelly. Great definition. Light and lifted but great fruit too.

Drink 2023-2037

17

Ch Nénin, Fugue de Nénin 2016 

79% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and only 25% new oak. They downgraded a 71-year-old, 2-ha plot of Cabernet Franc to Fugue in 2016. 

Pale rim and mid purplish crimson. Pure, direct, very fresh nose. Excellent nose but a tiny bit stringy on the end. A very good second wine but not a grand vin. Good persistence.

13.9%

Drink 2023-2031

16.5

Ch Nénin 2016 

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and only 35% new oak – same as in 2015. Some vines on sand suffered so they selected these out as well as the young vines and sold off in bulk. They have been working closely with their coopers as well as with plot specificity. 

Deep crimson. Very rich on the nose. Interesting blend of sweetness and savour. Very precise wine with great quality of tannins. Very round and polished. Long. Glamorous.

14.47%

Drink 2025-2040

17.5

Ch Petit Village, Le Jardin de Petit-Village 2016 

Second wine of new winemaker (ex Thénac in St-Julien) with young vines only. 

Very sweet and a bit over the top and Napa-like but good briskness, and then distinct dryness, on the end. GV

Drink 2022-2028

16.5+

Ch Petit Village 2016 

Some real class on the nose here (fancy barrels?). 60% new oak. Then just slightly flat and not quite fresh enough on the palate. Not bad! Definitely not run-of-the-mill right bank. Slightly austere tannins on the end but lovely length. Definitely getting there... 

Drink 2025-2040

17

Petrus 2016 

28 September to 11 October (Olivier Berrouet's birthday). 

Very very deep crimson. Gorgeous nose. Very intense and rich. Richer than Le Pin and I did not spit. Beautiful balance. More rigour than some vintages. Very long indeed. Unusually structured but no shortage of beguiling flavours. Violets and tar.

Drink 2024-2045

19

Le Pin 2016 

Glowing crimson. Smudgy sweet ink on the nose. Very pure nose. Lifted and lively and real energy. Round and quite delicate and burgundian. Real drive and elegance and polish. This is a real winner! 

Drink 2025-2043

19

Ch Plince 2016 

Very dark purplish crimson. Pure, focused arrow-like nose. Lighter and drier than many a Pomerol. Racy wine. Brisk at the moment, though the persistence is impressive. 

Drink 2025-2040

16.5

Ch La Pointe 2016 

Blackish purple. Lightly soapy nose. A bit angular and lacking juice. Pretty dry and heavy. Lacks lift and energy.

Drink 2025-2036

16

Ch Rouget 2016 

Sister property to Dom Jacques Prieur. 

Deep, dense crimson. Heady, meaty, very Pomerol. Sweet palate entry and then very rich. Almost too rich! But certainly dramatic. All on the beginning – goes a tad scrawny on the end. Stereotypical Rolland style.

Drink 2023-2031

16.5

Ch St-Pierre 2016 

Very dark crimson. Thick and sweet and chewy and old-fashioned.

Drink 2023-2033

15.5

Ch Taillefer 2016 

Very dark crimson. Rich and peppery on the nose. Not the sweetest on the palate but decent. 

Drink 2024-2038

16.5

Ch Trotanoy 2016 

Dark crimson. Meaty nose and lots of polish on the palate. Really quite exciting spark with very refined tannins. Everything is packed in here.

Drink 2026-2045

18

Vieux Château Certan 2016 

85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Sumptuous nose. Great lift. Real race and dancing stuff. Good structure and line. Nothing sweet or fleshy about this but lovely ripeness and nobility. Amazing persistence and elegance in claret mode.

Drink 2025-2045

19

Ch Vieux Maillet 2016 

Sweet and scented. Lots of Pomerol lushness on the front palate. Then quite dry on the end. May well get there eventually.

Drink 2026-2040

16.5+

Ch Vray Croix de Gay 2016 

2018 will be the first certified biodynamic vintage, converted thanks to François Pinault's minority (so far) participation in this plus Siaurac (Lalande de Pomerol) and Le Prieuré (St-Émilion). The woman who converted Latour and Grilletto to biodynamics did the same here. 

Rather sumptuous texture. Lots of freshness too. Very pleasing indeed.

Drink 2024-2036

17


Lalande-de-Pomerol


Ch de Bel-Air 2016 

A new acquisition for Jean-Pierre Moueix. 

Real substance on the nose – depth and some of the peppery character I'm finding in this vintage. Sweet, luscious palate with slightly less undertow than is promised on the nose. Very slightly green on the finish.

Drink 2022-2032

16

Ch de Chambrun 2016 

A little skinny and dull on the end. Fast fade. 

Drink 2020-2025

15.5

Ch La Chenade 2016 

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc on gravelly part of Cruzelles. Always picked first by Denis Durantou because it's the warmest of his terroirs. New oak 40%. 1,700 cases. 

Luscious and florally perfumed. Not immensely long but hugely enjoyable. GV

Drink 2020-2026

16.5

Ch La Croix des Moines, L'Ambroisie du Château la Croix des Moines 2016 

100% Merlot. Rich and meaty in typical Pomerol style. Round and sweet and flattering with a fine spine. Modern but not aggressively so.

Drink 2020-2028

16.5

Ch Les Cruzelles 2016 

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Picked 22-29 September and 6 October. More clay and 50% new oak. 

Ripe and round with real racy structure. Lots of energy and a little more tannin than the Chenade. Good stuff! GV

Drink 2022-2030

16.5+

Ch La Fleur de Boüard, Le Plus de la Fleur de Boüard 2016 

Very heady. Almost syrupy. Pretty exaggerated style. Tough end. Dramatic. Thick but not really appetising.

Drink 2025-2032

16

Ch La Fleur de Boüard 2016

Very dark crimson. Bit of sandpaper on the nose. Very rich and sweet. Almost over the top but there is freshness at the end. This is a strong statement! Drying and rather cool on the end.

Drink 2023-2030

16.5

Ch La Fleur St-Georges 2016

Very sweet and highly concentrated. Thick and sweet and inky. Dry end.

Drink 2024-2031

16

Ch Grand Ormeau 2016

Savoury, appetising nose. Not too sweet. Intense, dried blackberries. Could do with a little more juice. Drying end.

Drink 2019-2024

15.5

Ch Jean de Gué 2016

Scented. Very dry finish but serious and well constructed for a longish life.

Drink 2020-2028

16

Ch Perron La Fleur 2016 

Scented. Thick and sweet. Easy to like but not that complex. Dull, rather dead finish.

Drink 2020-2025

15.5

Ch La Sergue 2016 

Pascal Chatonnet. Includes 3% Malbec. 

Blueish purple. Very dry tannins on the end. Pretty severe. Is this ambition or an ill-conceived desire to make a Lalande-de-Pomerol in the mould of Vieux Château Certan? 

Drink 2023-2030

15.5

Ch Siaurac 2016

Firm bright crimson. Very zesty and fresh on the nose. Not that much tannin. Pretty. Gamey energy comes pounding out of the glass. Very sweet start and obviously polished tannins and good quality oak. Round initially with rather sandy tannins on the end. Tasted again on 2 April from a sample taken on 28 February: Very zesty and fresh on the nose. Round and sweet. Not that much tannin. Pretty.

Drink 2022-2032

£TBC per case Thorman Hunt 16+

Ch St-Jean de Lavaud 2016

Meaty nose. Medium intensity. Rather juicy and alluring with fine tannic structure underneath. Inky/meaty. Appetising.

Drink 2021-2032

16+

Ch Tournefeuille 2016 

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 

Light nose. Lots of ripe fruit and black pepper. Sandpaper tannins. Not one of the most concentrated wines but nicely balanced. 

Drink 2019-2026

16

Ch de Viaud 2016 

Intensely perfumed. Very sweet start. Very flattering attempt at Pomerol style. Very grainy tannins on the end. Cool finish. Brave effort. 

Drink 2020-2026

16