Chateau Monregard La Croix Pomerol 2014
Family bonds are always strong. Like a brother, Monregard La Croix shares its creation in the 1920s by Jean-Baptiste Audy with Clos du Clocher, using the same technical team and ageing cellars. Again like brothers, their personalities are completely different.
If Clos du Clocher is all about clay, Monregard La Croix is sand. These old sands that welcome the Merlot grape here amplify its character and increase its power of seduction.A natural maturity is rapidly reached, and the finesse of the tannins follows soon after.
Alongside the velvety core, the subtle nuances of the aromatic palette hold the mysteries of Pomerol. The glass turns in the hand, the wine stays in the memory, evoking with each sip a fresh sorbet of red fruits, the memory of a walk in the forest, the delicacy of a bouquet of violets.
Jean-Baptiste Audy fell in love and bought this place in 1924. The 1.3 hectares of vines are adjacent to Clos du Clocher – but this island on sand in a sea of clay deserved an entirely different approach. Château Monregard-La-Croix was conceived not as a second wine, but as a brother who shared the same technical team, winery and know-how, but marked by its own individual character and style.
"La Croix de Catusseau", along the borders of the legendary Pomerol plateau, the vines of Monregard-La- Croix head towards the renowned old sand terroir of Saint Émilion. Three generations have worked hard to fully express the potential of this tiny garden, even before Jean-Baptiste, great grandson of Jean-Baptiste Audy, following a successful international career for Cartier, took the helm.
7,500 vines of Merlot. Not a single vine more, not a single other grape variety. And it is our mission to ensure that each of them receives the best care we can give it: from the pruning to harvesting in small baskets, not forgetting debudding and leaf thinning – each step is a precise gesture that is carefully chosen and carried out by devotees.
The winery is only the next natural step... allowing the raw materials, these carefully-tended berries, to translate their natural fruit quality into wine. Owner, cellar master and consultant winemakers (Michel Rolland's team), in the end we are just guardians.
"Long, elegant, mineral. Very Pomerol!" Decanter
"Shows soul!" James Suckling
"Subtle and attractive" The Wine Spectator
"A very admirable Pomerol. Superb!" Neal Martin
"A fruity, spicy, supple and round pure merlot with soft and velvety tannins" Guide Hachette
PASSION FOR MERLOT
Coupled with all this, the early maturity of these soils gives Merlot the chance to fully unveil its velvety tannins and rich aromatic palette. Young vintages (2-8 years) best express the pleasure of red fruits, violet, truffle and undergrowth.