Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
The 2018 Enclos Tourmaline comes from the lieu-dit Clinet, close to La Fleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy. It is made of 100% Merlot from vines averaging 25 years old planted in blue clay, and yields were 37 hectoliters per hectare. The wine fermented in 100% new oak and is anticipated to age for about 20 months. With 14.7% alcohol and a very deep purple-black color, it opens with pronounced baked black plums, black cherry compote and Christmas cake scents giving way to opulent Chinese five spice, potpourri and powdered cinnamon scents with a waft of dusty soil. Full-bodied and densely packed with muscular black fruits and firm, fine-grained tannins, it has just enough freshness and a spicy finish.