2011 Chateau Providence (Pomerol)$59.99
Château La Providence was relatively unknown until Christian Moueix purchased the property in 2005. The small 10-acre vineyard is superbly situated in the center of the Pomerol plateau, between Trotanoy and Certain de May, and Christian had been anxious to bring it into his stable, which includes Hosanna and La Fleur Petrus. The soils at Providence are predominantly gravel with some bands of clay, and Christian installed better drainage to help reduce yields and concentrate the crop. The vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and since 2006 has been producing wines of substance, concentration, and great depth. The wine is aged for 18 months in 50-80% new barrels and bottled without filtration.
Production is approximately 1,200 cases per year.
After the 2012 harvest, the Christian had decided that the quality of Providence was high enough that the vineyards should be included in his flagship property, La Fleur Petrus, so 2012 was the last vintage of this lovely Pomerol.
The 2011 La Providence emerges from a vintage that has been slow to develop but which is now considered one of Bordeaux’s ‘sleeper’ vintages, like 2001, and 2008. Just now entering the beginning of its peak drinking window, 2011 is delicious now and will keep and improve for 10+ years—a steal at this price (less than half of the release price). I’m a huge Pomerol fan, and this wine checked all the boxes for me with some great press from the John Gilman, and the Wine Advocate below!