Château Le Bon Pasteur 1996

IMG_4067Tasting Note:

Still drinking well and likely at its peak. Nice ruby color with faint orange at the edges. Nose was aromatic with no decant, though maintained over 2 hours. Noted blackberry, plum, chocolate, earth, fennel, spice, and hints of eucalyptus. Medium weight, velvety mouthfeel. Tannins soft and round. Medium-plus finish. This is a nice high-quality Pomerol that offers great value.


About Château Le Bon Pasteur:

The initial Le Bon Pasteur estate pre-dated the appellation system, which then split the estate into three parts: Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol, and St. Emilion. Two new chateaux were then formed, Chateau Bertineau-St.- Vincent (Lalande-de-Pomerol) and Chateau Rolland-Maillet (St. Emilion); all three wines are made in the Le Bon Pasteur facilities.  Harvesting is done manually, plot-by-plot. The grapes are then double sorted before and after de-stemming.

Three Interesting Facts:

  1. The name Le Bon Pasteur, meaning ‘The Good Shepherd,’ was chosen by previous owner Hermine Dupuy on Good Shepherd Sunday of the Catholic calendar.
  2. Joseph Dupuy was the initial owner, purchasing the land in 1920.  His grandson, the famed oenology consultant Michel Rolland, ran the estate from 1978 until it was sold in 2013.
  3. Le Bon Pasteur was sold to a Chinese businessman in 2013, due to Michel Rolland’s brother Jean-Daniel’s desire to sell the estate.
    Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
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