Chateau Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol 2010


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The Le Bon Pasteur is a 16.4 acre estate planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with vines averaging 30 years. Aged for 15-20 months in 100% new oak, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Le Bon Pasteur is owned by one of Bordeaux's most famous winemakers, Michel Rolland. Believing in harvesting his vines as late as possible and macerating his fruit for longer periods than more traditional winemakers, Rolland has produced a bevy of profound, rich, deeply colored wines which have been lauded by many, although at times, also been the subject of much controversy in Bordeaux. He consults not only for other Pomerol producers, he has also been hired by the likes of Ornellaia in Tuscany, Harlan Estate in California and Casa Lapostolle in Chile.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Brand Chateau Le Bon Pasteur
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateA fleshy, full-throttle wine with lots of mocha, kirsch, mulberry, and plum, their 2010 displays a smorgasbord of aromas, a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and even a hint of lead pencil shavings and subtle toasty oak. If you want to understand the genius of the Rollands, there is no better example than looking at their own wine from this property in Pomerol. The tannins are present, but not that significant, thus I tend to think the wine will come into its own in 4-5 years and last for 20 or more.

Robert Parker, February 16, 2013
  • we91-93

Wine EnthusiastFirm while also rounded, very rich Merlot spice and blackberry character. There are hugely dense, extracted tannins, with a final dark fruit character. Barrel sample.

Roger Voss, June 25, 2011
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorJuicy and fresh, offering a friendly core of damson plum, raspberry and black cherry, with plenty of sweet toasty vanilla bean and licorice notes. A caressing, polished structure guides the finish. Rather forward in the end. For fans of the style. Drink now through 2020.

James Molesworth