Château Bonalgue - Pomerol 2012
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Chateau Bonalgue is located in the appellation of Pomerol in Bordeaux. The Bourotte family acquired the chateau in 1926 with Pierre Bourotte at the helm in 1961, then his son Jean-Baptiste in 2005. Today the vineyard is in excellent condition, and the property continues to improve and refine its methods with a mix of traditional methods and modern equipment, while maintaining the characteristics of the exceptional Bonalgue area.
The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (for the 2012 cuvée a mix of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc was chosen) and consists of 7.55 hectares of gravel and sandy clay soils, with a subsoil of gravel and alios - the rich band of iron ore that characterises the Pomerol terroir. These characteristics make this a heat-retaining soil, which means the grapes ripen early and evenly, reaching perfect ripeness.
The vines are an average of 25 years old and, with careful attention to detail in the vineyard, means they produce consistent, high-quality grapes every year. The vines undergo pruning, leaf thinning, germination and green harvesting to achieve this quality. The grapes are harvested in small containers so that the grapes are not damaged prior to delivery to the wines. In the winery there is a final stage of manual sorting of the grapes.
|Colour||Deep garnet red with a brown rim|
||The soft floral scents (rose) and rich fruit scents (black cherry, plum and quince) push the fine wood into the background.|
|Flavour||Powerfully structured, meaty wine with great flavour dynamics. Classic quality tannins, just the right freshness and with well-matched alcohol/heat.|
|Serve with||Strong cheeses, full meat dishes and of course a classic Beef Wellington.|
|Vintage||2012 (op dronk tot 2026)
|Country, Region||France, Bordeaux (Pomerol)
|Grapes||Merlot (95%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
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