Chateau Grange-Neuve La Fleur 2015 | Great Pomerol at $30 simply doesn’t happen – but here it is!
Chateau Grange-Neuve La Fleur 2015 pours a deep purple-garnet shade. While opening to reveal aromas of wild plum, blackberry, mocha, oakmoss, baking spice, and a hint of truffle and tobacco. Full and rich on the palate. So, this medium-full bodied Pomerol shows plush but densely packed tannins. And with a core of plum and currant fruit. Then, finishing with a hint of bitter chocolate and baking spice. Hence, excellent value for Pomerol!
So, Pomerol at $30 simply doesn’t happen—not in the last decade, anyway. But that’s just how the free market handles quality meeting scarcity. Now, we’re still pinching ourselves over finding this hidden gem and know you’ll love Chateau Grange-Neuve La Fleur 2015 as much as we do.
What makes Pomerol so special? When you look at the map of Bordeaux, Pomerol could be missed entirely. Out of 480 square miles under vine (Bordeaux is really, staggeringly big), Pomerol comprises just three. For comparison, St-Émilion next door is seven times that size; Napa, 23. Those three square miles that fan out on either side of the N89 are nearly flat. The area has gravelly soils like much of the rest of Bordeaux. But unlike the rest of Bordeaux, the Pomerol plateau wears a unique cap of clay.
This clay is what allows Pomerol producers like Pétrus and Trotanoy and Le Pin—and, yes, Château Grange-Neuve—to make the world’s greatest Merlot. Just as Cabernet loves gravel, Syrah granite, and Pinot Noir limestone, Merlot simply adores clay soils. Compared to the Médoc, Pomerol’s damper soil and higher altitude serve to keep the ground temperature cooler, which slows the ripening process. As a result, Grange-Neuve is a rich, deep wine with an alluring minerality threading through the ripe fruit. Above all, the charm is the stamp of Pomerol, and charm is what Grange-Neuve delivers in spades.
Maybe it’s because of its tiny size (just over 18 acres) that Château Grange-Neuve has escaped notice. But the tiny estate has adopted First Growth vineyard practices including hand-harvesting their 35-year-old vines. In the cellar, the wine is made to exacting standards and aged for 12 to 18 months in small oak barrels. There are just a handful of cases of this cuvée to be had per year, and we have the only Chateau Grange-Neuve La Fleur 2015 bottles in the nation.