About Enclos de Viaud 2018 Lalande de Pomerol
The family-owned property, L’Enclos de Viaud is on the gravelly hill of Lalande de Pomerol on the other side of the Barbanne stream separating it from Pomerol. The property holds a mere 6 acres spread on 2 parcels primarily planted with Merlot. The soils are gravel and limestone over clay. Production is barely 1000 cases.
Fermentation and maceration last 30 days for a gentle extraction with punch-downs in the tank and stirring in the barrel. The juices are tasted daily in order not to lose the expression of our fruit. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 15 to 18 months, 10% new and 90% one-time used.
This wine was awarded a Platinum Medal and 97 points in the Decanter World Wine Awards! Additional accolades include, from barrel Jeb Dunnuck scored this 90-92+ saying "The 2018 Enclos De Viaud is a more focused, fresh barrel sample that has beautiful purity in its blueberry, wildflower, spice, and graphite aromas and flavors. These carry over to the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and focused, with a more classic style than most in the vintage. It shines for its purity and elegance."
James Suckling scored this 90-91 from barrel saying "A fresh and layered red with attractive blueberry and blackberry character that follows through to a medium body. Crisp and fine-tannined finish."
And the International Wine Report scored this 94 points saying "The 2018 Enclos de Viaud Lalande-de-Pomerol is a gorgeous showing which is composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It begins with inviting aromas of blackberries and dark cherries, which are woven together with tobacco, spices, herbs, lavender and hints of charcoal that all take shape in the glass. On the palate this is medium-bodied with a wonderful elegant character. It displays lovely undercutting acidity that provides a wonderful sense of freshness all the way through the finish. This is a fantastic wine from this vintage to approach early on, but it also has the potential to cellar for close to a decade."