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Poor Mans Petrus

Lalande de Pomerol is located on the Right Bank of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Created in 1936, it is located just north of its more famous, and expensive neighbor, Pomerol. Extraordinary values can be found here and today we are offering just such a wine…..2016 Chateau La Croix St Andre. I call it “Poor Mans Petrus”. Made from Very Old Vines this wine over delivers every vintage. In fact, a case of the delicious wine costs LESS than the tax on one bottle of Petrus! 10 cases just arrived from the spectacular 2016 vintage. Grab one, you won’t be disappointed.


he Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation is comprised of a thousand hectares of vines in the villages of Lalande-de-Pomerol and Neac. It lies just to the north of Pomerol, separated by the slight Barbanne Stream. Château La Croix Saint André is located in the commune of Neac on a plateau overlooking Pomerol. The Carayon family has farmed these 15 hectares since 1965, one part of which is 100+ years old and considered to be the oldest in this appellation. The property is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Yields are kept exceptionally low with rigorous pruning and each lot, according to its soil type and grape type, is fermented and aged separately. The wine is left in contact with the skins for an extended period of 6 to 8 weeks then aged for a year in 2 and 3 year old barrels. At the end of this process a selection of casks is made to produce La Croix Saint André. The wine was a favorite of the pianist Arthur Rubinstein and the 1982 vintage was dedicated to his memory.

*2016 Chateau la Croix St Andre
Lalande de Pomerol
$21.99btl/$237.49 per case
(Jim Sirna 94)

The color is deep with a beautiful magenta robe. Aromas of ripe black plums, and spicy currants erupt from the glass. The black fruits from the old vine Merlot and the spiciness from the Cabernet Franc.. In the mouth it is plush, elegant and balanced. As seductive and voluptuous as Merlot can be. It coats the mouth but is never aggressive or over done. And the finish lingers on not through brute force and aggressive tannins, but from how utterly unctuous the wine is. As much as I hate using this term, it is YUMMY! Bordeaux drinkers….this is a Must Buy!