Deep, intense black color delicately tinted with purple. The first nose opens up immediately with pure, clean notes revealing a cocktail of black fruit aromas. After a few swirls in the glass, the aromas become more ethereal and combine with notes of violet, mint and spice. The attack is smooth, ample and generous, followed by a dynamic tannic backbone on the mid-palate, the sign of a well-honed wine. The palate offers an ample body, velvety tannins, a pleasant freshness and a distinctive refined style that make this such an outstanding vintage. The extremely long and harmonious finish leaves us with an impression of perfect tension and balance. Château La Pointe 2010 demonstrates the harmonious character of this rich vintage, perfectly balanced out by its acidity, whilst also reflecting the quality and potential of this outstanding Pomerol which is characterized by its originality, finesse and elegance.
94 Wine Enthusiast
Big, firm, with dense tannins that underly the ripe, dark berry and plum skin fruit flavors. Very powerful, the almost shocking acidity a cutting edge of freshness. Hugely juicy aftertaste.
Barrel Sample: 92-94
93 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
I have always held up the 2010 La Pointe as one of the high points of recent vintages of this Pomerol estate. After five years in bottle, it has retained that quintessential Pomerol bouquet with black fruit laced with truffle and a touch of iron filings. The palate is still quite structured, although the tannins appear to have melted slightly since I last encountered it. It leads to an intense graphite finish that might lead you astray to the Left Bank, and the aftertaste remains long and satisfying. This is just a superb wine from Eric Monnoret that shows no signs of falling short of the promise that it has shown ever since I first tasted it in barrel. Tasted August 2017.
93 Wine Spectator
This has power in reserve, but stays remarkably restrained for now, with a torrent of boysenberry, fig and raspberry fruit held in check by charcoal-studded grip and well-embedded acidity. The long, dense smoked apple wood finish should let this cruise nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.