The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Domaine du Grand Ormeau is one of the oldest family run vineyards in Bordeaux, located in Lalande De Pomerol. Over 5 genrations the property has seen constant investment and improvement ensuring that the best methods are adopted to product excellent wines. With Merlot as the dominant grape variety, this wine is full bodied and delicious.
Its amazing to visit this vineyard located as it is in a surprisingly urban location inside the south west city perimeter. The oldest of the first growths, the vineyard is made up of roughly equal percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with about ten percent Cabernet Franc, oh and one percent Petit Verdot. The wines are often restrained and aristocratic in their youth ope…
2003 presented great growing conditions for Chateau La Tour Blanche, producing what they suggest is the best harvest for 50 years . The wine offers floral notes on the nose with hints of lemon, followed by vanilla, candied fruits and a hint of cinnamon all topped off by a lingering finish.
The 2010 has been compared to the delicious 1988, in that it has a similar kind of liveliness and character which comes through on the palate. The concentration of flavour is a little lighter than the 09s, but its the freshness here that stands out. Another fine vintage from dYquem, drink from 2018-2035.