In 2013 he and his family were able to take over an estate called Coudereau, which included two hectares of Lalande de Pomerol (the neighbouring appellation of the world-famous commune of Pomerol) and five hectares of Bordeaux, which they renamed Château La Pensée (the thought). "We had been thinking a great deal about this estate and its owner for some time", Julien Mingot explains – "so the name suggested itself." The outstanding 2016 vintage is thus only Julien's fourth on this estate.
"Pomerol is a highly prestigious appellation", Julien says enthusiastically. "We see our ability to produce a 'little Pomerol' as a unique opportunity to give the great wines of the Gironde a run for their money." La Pensée has thus become the real driving force behind the estate. Made with care, it is particularly full-bodied, well structured and yet very velvety. It's made from 100% Merlot, which also gives it freshness and finesse. Fun to drink when young, it can also be laid down.