Château-La-Cabanne Pomerol 2010
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Today, much of structure of Chateau La Cabanne is new because a fire destroyed much of the property in 2010. The tragic fire also destroyed the entire 2008 vintage, which was still in vat at the time. The 8.84 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Cabanne is planted to 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is clay with gravel soils. The vineyard of Chateau La Cabanne is in a great location, not far from Chateau Trotanoy and Chateau Clinet. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. The wine of Chateau La Cabanne is vinified in traditional, temperature controlled, small, conical shaped, stainless steel vats that vary in size from 70 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 15 months. Chateau La Cabanne produces only about 2,500 cases per year. Chateau La Cabanne also produces a second wine, Domaine de Compostelle.
Wine EnthusiastComplex wine, its ripe Merlot character structured with tannins, a solid dark core, ripely balanced and intense. The acidity is already well integrated. With this structure, the wine should have a good future.
James SucklingDark densely fruity nose with blackberries and dark dark plums. Creamy mineral notes and white flowers. Full-bodied and juicy on the palate with an attractive pure fruit and silky textured tannins. Quite long finish with an enjoyable bite of bitter licorice.
Wine AdvocateTasted at the chateau with Francois Estager. The 2010 has a very composed bouquet with superb delineation: blackberry, briary and cold stone. With aeration there is a touch of mushroom and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine focus and poise. This is a level up over the 2009 with superb poise on the finish. It is not a complex 2010 vis-a-vis its peers, but it is a beautifully crafted La Cabanne that will repay cellaring. Tasted March 2013.