Many of Bordeaux’s finest (and most expensive) wines hail from Pomerol. But for a great-value introduction to the rich style, head next door to Lalande de Pomerol where the skilled Martial Junquas crafts his acclaimed Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. It hails from the glorious 2010 vintage, which set new records for richness and color. In fact, Wine Spectator scored Bordeaux's Right Bank reds 98 Points overall for the vintage, noting that the Pomerols were "stellar."
To craft this award-winning cuvée, Martial carefully hand harvested and sorted the grapes (three times!), before treating the wine to 12 months in fine French barrels. In addition to snagging the coveted gold medal at Le Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2013, this beauty also won over the critics at Wine Enthusiast, who awarded it 90 Points, with the following tasting note:
“Black color with deep raspberry inflections. Subdued fruit with heavy blueberry influences on a blackberry core … The attack and body show significant weight on the palate, reinforced by the high, but balanced, alcohol of this cuvée … The lightly lingering finish echoes the flavors found on the palate."
– 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Like many premium reds, Château Altimar is not fined or filtered. We recommend decanting (at least an hour prior to serving) to separate any naturally occurring sediment from the wine. Pair with roast beef, lamb or hearty game dishes.