2006 Château Guillot, Pomerol

We were invited to a family BBQ last weekend and the wine I took for us all to drink was 2006 Château Guillot, Pomerol. Château Guillot is in the upper regions of Pomerol and has a very famous neighbour, Le Pin.

With soils of deep gravel mixed with silica and clay. The vineyard is 11.6 acres with 70% grapes being Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

This was not my usual choice of wine to take to a BBQ but I knew we were having a lovely range of meats and thought let’s give the Pomerol a go. I do remember it being quite expressive and open when I last tasted it therefore it should be quite the crowd pleaser for the occasion.

The wine was decanted and poured. The first impressions were actually quite mixed, but I said ‘no wait for the meat then try the wine’.  We were having spatchcock chicken with a spicy rub, pork chops marinated with garlic and soy and some lovely sausages from our local butcher. It was a perfect match, sweet spice and smoky notes combined. The fruit still evident in the wine, really soft and rounded. Plum and cassis with velvet tannins, very appealing.

After trying the wine with the food everyone loved it. The smoke flavours from the food enhancing the smoky nuances in the wine, the aromatic spice of the chicken drawing out sweet spice on the palate.  It was blooming delicious!  The 2006 Château Guillot can be drunk now or kept for the next few years.

So for those who prefer a white wine in the summer, do give the reds a try especially this little cracker from Pomero

Published on 24/08/2015 / By Paula Hunter