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Domaine des Sabines L'Esprit Du Beau-Pere Lalande de Pomerol 2016  - First Bottle


94 Decanter -
Quite an expressive fragrant nose, touches of violets with blackberries and some cocoa dusting. Heady and evocative. Lovely rich texture on the palate, softly gripping tannins with bright black cherry and blackcurrant fruit flavours given lift by high acidity and weight by a softly chalky texture. Nice density overall with a spicy liquorice edge to the mid palate and on the finish alongside a cooling, minty aspect which gives a lifted ending. Characterful with personality and persistence. Good to drink, though still delightfully youthful, will age well. Good quality, elegant and polished - a nice buy from the appellation.
91 Vinous -
The 2016 Domaine des Sabines is silky and understated, with attractive floral notes that lift the red cherry, blood orange and mint flavors. Creamy tannins and layered fruit add to the wine's considerable near and medium term appeal. This is a very pretty delicious Lalande de Pomerol from Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud.

Technical Details

  • BlendMerlot and Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerJean Luc Thunevin
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPomerol
  • Alcohol14%

Domaine des Sabines L'Esprit Du Beau-Pere Lalande de Pomerol 2016

Bordeaux Blends  |  France
DC94, VN91

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Jean-Luc Thunevin is one of the more infamous kings of the garagiste wine movement. Based in St. Emilion, this Bordeaux specialist is the man behind some of the most heralded garage wines of the last few decades. This 2016 stunner from the right bank adjacent to Pomerol, is too good to miss! 94 POINTS for the crazy price of just $25.95?!?! Yes!

Domaine des Sabines is named after Jean Luc’s daughter. He was so inspired in the mid-1980s by a taste of the revered Le Pin – a Pomerol wine from a tiny parcel – that he set out to make his own mark in Bordeaux. He hit the ground running with the exceptional first vintage of Château Valandraud in 1991, which is currently available for $661 overseas in France! As they say, that was the end of his beginning – quickly becoming the new face of the garage wine movement and taking this role very seriously. His wife, Murielle, then became the supervisor of all the vineyard work, with Jean-Luc focused on pulling the very best from each grape harvested.

The blend here is mostly merlot, with small amounts of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon blended in. The nose is powerfully evocative – with floral notes of lilacs and violets leading to cocoa-dusted cherries and crushed rocks. The palate is rich and weighty, with immense concentration that speaks of kirsch, black currants, and blackberries, with roasted fennel and pulverized mint. The finish is lengthy and balanced, with plenty of acidity to cut through the serious density of the fruit and spice. This can show beautifully with a bit of air and has plenty in the tank to survive a decade or two in the cellar. Never mind the price tag, this is a worthy wine at any price! But still, to get all this from Bordeaux’s glorious 2016 vintage, all for well under $30...simply uncanny! While it lasts!

PAIRING IDEAS: A trip to Bordeaux just isn’t complete without a visit to L’Entrecôte! One dish only – sirloin steak, grilled and covered with their secret butter sauce, and a neverending mound of fries. The best steak frites in the world, you might say, and the perfect match for this wine!

About the Producer

Domaine des Sabines is an ambassador of the right bank Pomerol wines, pursuing the sort of purity, maturity, and elegance that Lalande de Pomerol wines are renowned for. With three separate plots in the commune of Lalande de Pomerol, the estate maintains just over 4 hectares of prime vineyards, planted mostly to merlot, followed by cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.