Château Les Vieux Ormes Lalande de Pomerol 2014

As fans know, many of Bordeaux’s finest and most expensive wines hail from the Right Bank’s Pomerol district. But for a great-value alternative to this sought-after rich style, the savviest of Bordeaux lovers head a bit north to Lalande de Pomerol.

Decanter’s Man of the Year 2008, Christian Moueix (one of Bordeaux’s biggest names who spent decades at the helm of famed Château Pétrus), is also a fan of this little enclave. He’d been eyeing one property in particular, Château Les Vieux Ormes, and was finally able to acquire the property in 2012. Perhaps not coincidentally, the wines got even better with Christian behind the scenes, earning praise in 2014 from Jancis Robinson for their “excellent texture.”

That lovely mouthfeel is something you’ll notice in this plush, barrel-aged marriage of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It also boasts a core of ripe plum and black cherry, plus notes of cedar and smoke from being expertly finished in fine oak barrels (Jancis called this release “intensely floral” and “very dense”). Delicious already and yours for a friends-only price.

Country

France

Varietal

Merlot Based Blend

Region

Bordeaux

Alcohol

13.5%

Volume

750mL

Vintage

2014