2016 Château Plince, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
One of the few great Chateau buildings in Pomerol belongs to Plince who proudly carry the image on their distinctive labels. Next door to Nenin, and highly regarded as a Pomerol of great value, this years vintage is soft and supple and full of cherry and dark chocolate tones.
This 21-acre vineyard has produced a firmly structured wine with severe tannins that will take time to soften. The fruits along with acidity are still developing and will give an attractive wine from 2022. Roger Voss. 91 Points. Wine Enthusiast
Deep dark ruby garnet, opaque core, violet reflections, delicate lightening of the edges, fine nuances of cedar wood, a hint of tangerine zest, cassis and liquorice underlaid, floral touch of candied violets. Juicy, good complexity, pleasant extract sweetness, present, well integrated tannins. Long-lasting, seamlessly following the success of the previous year. 94 Points. Falstaff
FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION
This wine will pair well with all lamb dishes including roast lamb and lamb chops and a Sunday lunch.
VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING
A 94 point vintage according to the Wine Spectator. The growing season began with early bud break due to the unusual warmth with heavy rains in winter and spring. The rains were a blessing in the end as the soils retained the water for the exceptionally dry summer than enabled superb ripening. The grapes reached full phenolic ripeness and ensured the harvest was a success.
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. The grapes are machine harvested.
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 is a Pomerol estate of around 10 hectares owned by the family Moreau for over a century now. Next door to Nenin and to the east of Libourne there are 21 acres planted here all in one single block. Made up of 72% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the blend is always heavily Merlot.
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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS
The wine should be stored over the longer term at 12c. We recommend this wine be brought up to around 16c for service. This temperature more closely resembles cellar conditions and allows the wine to be lifted and have freshness. For such a young wine, if it were served today we would recommend a few hours in a young wine decanter.
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2016 Chateau Plince, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Extraordinary - Parker
|Drinking Now - Will improve
|Venison, Lamb, Reblochon
|94 Points - Falstaff
|91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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