Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
75cl * 13.5% ABV * Bordeaux, France
Grapes for Domaine du Grand Ormeau’s Lalande de Pomerol come from vineyards that are on excellent stony terroir, next-door to Pomerol (and only a short hop from the iconic Petrus). With such elevated neighbours, you'd think this wine would be megabucks, but it's surprisingly good value for what is an excellent wine.
Mellow, dark cherry and plumptious plum fruit wrapped in sandalwood, fresh leather and hints of pot pourri. There's an autumnal leaf element from the Cab Franc, sparring with the ripe, sweetly spiced plum of the Merlot. Although deep and concentrated and generous, there's a perfumed lift to the nose. The palate is fresh and surprisingly light and supple, with a toasty oak element. A juicy leg of lamb or roast beef with all the trimmings would be just the ticket for this. Delicious now and doesn't need laying down - but will keep five or six years hence.