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Château Plince produces a classic Pomerol with the beautiful fruit, depth and concentration typical of this illustrious appellation on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. We have been following the estate for more than 30 years here at the Bottle Shop, and this 2010 is one of the best vintages we have ever tasted. Situated just outside the village of Catusseau in Pomerol, Château Plince has been owned by the Moreau family for over four generations, and has been managed under the Jean-Pierre Moueix umbrella for decades. The vineyard, planted on dark sand with an iron-rich subsoil, is made up of one block planted to 72% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. With its excellent location, Plince counts both Château Nenin and La Pointe as its neighbors.
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. 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.
Wine SpectatorPlump and juicy, with a friendly core of plum and blackberry character. Dark spice and anise notes chime in on the fleshy finish, and this sports a little punch. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 91-94
Wine Enthusiast87-89 Solid, chunky wine, full of dense tannins, concentrated fruit. There is a powerful feel to it.