The Chateau Bourgneuf vineyards sit on the slope of the Pomerol plateau, where the gravelly clay soil is right and the sun shines warm and bright. The wines are deep and dense, layered and complex, with perfectly rounded tannins. The ripe fruit aromas will pull you in, but resist the urge to crack this too soon, and cellaring is always well-rewarded. This is a perfectly priced introduction to Pomerol for the Petrus-curious.
The 2016 Bourgneuf is composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Medium garnet-purple colored, it opens with very pretty notions of crushed red cherries, blackberry pie, wild blueberries and potpourri plus hints of tapenade, camphor and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a great intensity of perfumed black fruits, framed by rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.