Beyond Bordeaux’s familiar list of big-name producers, there is a cast of supporting players who go about their business with little fuss, consistently turning out excellent wines at good prices.
Château La Pointe, Pomerol 2010
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.
Château La Pointe: 6,300-7,600 vines/ha
Dense, nicely concentrated, rich red. Nose is unmistakably Pomerol with earthy, slightly iron-rich Merlot fruit lifted with fragrance from Cabernet Franc. Fine natural sweetness on the palate, which is full of energy and already has an attractively smooth texture with tannins firming up the long, satisfying finish.
Stockist: £20.25 Fine & Rare (£243 a case)
Taster: Steven Spurrier