If you’re looking for value in the Margaux appellation, start by looking at Ch. Pontac Lynch. Located south of Ch. Margaux, north of d’issan and Palmer, and east of Ch. Rauzan Segla (all of which it touches), Ch. Pontac Lynch is a vineyard in one contiguous block on a sandy gravel mix very much like the terroir of much of Ch. Margaux. The winemaking is old school in the best way with fermentation in old concrete tanks and aging in 1/3 new oak barrels in a cool above ground barrel room. The wines aren’t fancy but they show elegance, balance, and purity with no taste of over extraction or manipulation. True and Delicious Claret from a family-owned smaller property nestled among the giants of Margaux, all at a value price.
Ch. PONTAC LYNCH, Margaux, 2014 ($32.99)
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvigon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petite Verdot from a vineyard contigous with that of Ch. Margaux. Fermented in concrete tanks with pump overs, basket pressed, and aged 14 months in all French oak barrels (33% new). Red purple color with well formed legs; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and medium phenolics. Dusty sweet and delicious with pure red fruit accented with subtle tobacco, spice, and Margaux perfume. Elegant balanced old school (in the best way) Claret that is already delightful at the dinner table. Serve cool (58-60°) in a big Bordeaux glass. BearScore: 93.