Chateau Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol 2009

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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. 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.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Brand Chateau Le Bon Pasteur
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateA brilliant effort from well-known oenologists Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2009 Bon Pasteur is dominated by Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc included in the blend. It reveals textbook notes of mocha, tobacco leaf, blackberries, black cherries, roasted coffee and wood smoke. Full-bodied and luscious with a succulent, beautifully textured, multidimensional mouthfeel, low acidity and sweet but noticeable tannin, it is reminiscent of the 1982 Bon Pasteur, which continued to put on weight for a decade or more. If the 2009 does the same, it will come close to equaling that legendary vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • ws93-96

Wine SpectatorFull and long, supervelvety and rich, with plum and raspberry. This is a really big Le Bon Pasteur.

James Suckling, 2010
  • we92-94

Wine EnthusiastDense, with impressive solid tannins and powerful fruit. The wine is smooth at first, then structure comes through with a final dry core.

Roger Voss, August 1, 2010