Quintessence de Pontac Lynch - Margaux 2014
Quintessence is the finest selection of Cabernet grapes that the estate harvests and these are then blended with 30% Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot. The production is minute and only around 3000 bottles are produced each year. After the alcoholice fermentation the wine is aged in new oak barrels for 12 months. The nose is so silky and sweetly fruited so typical of Margaux. The palate is generous and silky again with oodles of blackcurrant fruit with hints of pencil shavings and licorice. Q wonderful wine that should grace any cellar.
Grape Variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Bottle Size: 75cl
Style: Silky, ripe and very definitely Margaux
Drink With: Duck breast or rare steak.
The estate can be traced back to 1720 when the Count of Lynch built the current Chateau as mant did at the time as a hunting lodge. Some time later M Pontac who was administrator of Bordeaux bought the estate and hence the name. More recently in 1952 Jean-Pierre Bondon bought the place which in turn was inherited by his grandaughter Marie Helene who currently manages the 10 hectares of vineyards. It is situated in a perfect spot nestling between the famous chateaux Margaux and Palmer. It is only rated as Cru Bourgeois but if vineyards were re-classified, it most certainly would become a Grand Cru of Margaux.