"A micro-selection of vine plots planted in varied soils gives l’Ancien richness and complexity”
For three and nearly four generations, the Nony family has been building up one of the finest vineyard estates in the Lalande de Pomerol Appellation, to the northeast of Bordeaux.
In 1997, a few high-quality plots were selected to produce a wine in a very low quantity, l’Ancien, which stands at the very top of the Appellation.
The variety of soils in these plots brings richness and complexity and the low yield brings concentration.
This delectable wine is totally vinified in new French oak barrels.
The wine is full and rich on the palate, the nice ripe tannins reinforce the structure and the finish is interminable...
Micro-selection from 36 hectares of vineyards planted on the geological prolongation of the Pomerol plateau in varied soils (clay, gravel, clay-gravel).
Average age of vines
Around 30 years old.
Around 6 000 vines/ha
Double Guyot pruning, bud removal, sustainable soil enrichment, leaf thinning, green harvesting if necessary, ploughing, managed grass cover, harvesting when the grapes reach perfect maturity, mostly manually.
Vine treatments only if necessary (with preference given to more environmentally-friendly products and application methods), effluent treatment, the use of local suppliers when possible, and selective waste management.
Plot selection, sorting of the harvested grapes, full destemming, fully fermented in new French oak barrels in an air-conditioned cellar.
In new barrels in an underground cellar. Fining if necessary.
100% Merlot with an occasional touch of Cabernet.
From 1 000 to 10 000 bottles depending on the vintage. Bottled at the château.
Best drinking time
Between 8 and 20 years depending on the vintage and personal preferences.
Direct sales partnerships with importers in all countries, and direct sales to the general public, wine stores and restaurateurs in France.
The vintages of L'Ancien
Click on a vintage below to access its data sheet:
L'ANCIEN 2017 : 14-14.5/20
Consultant Michel Rolland signed this small cuvée of only 1,000 bottles with a light stroke. This pure Merlot is designed to be fine, it is very much carried by the tangy red fruit, and built over a fine mineral frame.
La Revue des Vins de France n°622, Guillaume BAROIN, juin 2018, France
L'ANCIEN 2016 : 14.5-15.5/20
Charming style, nice ripe Merlot embellished by an oakiness that brings softness on the finish.
La Revue des Vins de France n°612, June 2017, France
L'ANCIEN 2016 : 86-88 pts
Wine Advocate, Neil Martin, May 2017, USA
L’ANCIEN 2016 : 92-93 pts
This shows depth and richness for the appellation with a pretty combination of ripe fruit ant rich tannins. Should develop beautifully in barrel.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 24/03/2017. USA
L’ANCIEN 2015 : 14,5 pts /20
Black fruits, tightly knit structure, still shut down at this point but promising.
Le Point n° 2280, 19/05/2016, France
L’ANCIEN 2015 : 92-93 pts
Wow. Lalande de Pomerol ? What depth and tannin tension. Full body, loads of chocolate and dark berry character. Fresh Finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 04/04/2016, USA
L'ANCIEN 2014 : 91 pts
Aromas of flowers, white pepper and hot stones follow through to a full body, a dense center palate and chewy tannins. A little extracted. Needs two or three years to soften. Better in 2020
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 13/02/2017, USA
L’ANCIEN 2014 : 88-89 pts
Soft and sillky tanins with very good fruits, firm tannins and a clean finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 23/03/2015, USA
L’ANCIEN 2013 : 86-87 pts
Good berry and chocolate-power character. Medium body, round tannins and pleasant finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 19/04/2014, USA
L’ANCIEN 2013 : 14 pts /20
Red fruit aromas, sweet and elegant mouthfeel, good extraction, long, delicate/soft finish.
Le Point n° 2175, Jacques Dupont, May 2014, France
L’ANCIEN 2012 : 90 pts
A well-crafted 2012 from this appellation with firm tannins and fresh fruit. Medium body and a spicy, dark berry character. Drink or hold.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 23/02/2015, USA
L’ANCIEN 2012 : 13,5 pts/20
Sanguine, thyme, noticeable oak, jammy character. Velvety, tight and powerful on the palate, fully ripe merlot, a touch of bitterness on the finish.
Le Point n° 2122, Jacques Dupont, May 2013, France
L’ANCIEN 2012 : 86-88 pts
eRobertparker.com, 26/04/13, USA
L’ANCIEN 2012 : (15pts /20) – 87pts /100
Lovely dark colour. Fragrant and fruity. Sappy and fleshy, with fruity flavours. Medium bodied. Good length. A new wine for me.
Jean-Marc Quarin, 2013, France
L’ANCIEN 2011 : 88 pts
Lovely deep garnet colour. Enticing nose of ripe black fruits finely balanced by spicy and vanilla undertones. The mouthfeel is silky, harmonious, plush, tight, full-bodied, with good structure and vegetal nuances. A very nice vintage…
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2015, France
L’ANCIEN 2011 : 88 pts
This is a tiny bit lean but I like the shaved-chocolate and berry character to this wine. Full body with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Give it a year or two to soften. Better in 2016.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 19/02/2014, USA
L’ANCIEN 2011 : 14 pts /20
Clean fruit on the nose, round, fleshy and tightly-knit palate sporting savoury tannins, a lovely astringency and a long, sappy finish.
Le Point n°2070, Jacques Dupont, France
L’ANCIEN 2011 : 15 pts /20
Dark fruit with a touch of spicy complexity. Good, medium-bodied weight with ripe, firm tannins.
James Lawther, Decanter.com 2012, UK
L’ANCIEN 2011 : 88-89 pts
A wine with soft and velvety tannins with polish and poise. Full to medium body, with citrus, bright acidity, and salty undertones. Bright wine
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 2012, USA
L’ANCIEN 2010 : 86 pts /100
Dark colour, lively highlights. The nose combines ripe fruits and quite intense oaky notes. Powerful palate, strong expression of its barrel ageing, still fairly bitter. Not ready yet. For connoisseurs.
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2014, France
L’ANCIEN 2010 : Bronze Medal
Vanilla, dense brooding fruit, cassis and clean with a plummy note and rich, firm robust structure.
London International Wine Challenge 2012, UK
L’ANCIEN 2009 : 88 pts /100
Dark bright red. Closed at first, then opens up to show oaky and smoky undertones. Strong tannic structure, despite the noticeable density of fruit. A concentrated wine made for aging, still very young. .
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2013, France
L'ANCIEN 2009 : 15.5 - 16
Floral, lively palate, sharp tannins, nice black fruit, very strong potential, plenty of flavors, powerful, lingering, concentrated, real wine for ageing, well-balanced despite a most likely high alcohol content.
Le Point N° 1964, Jacques Dupont, May 6, 2010, France
L'ANCIEN 2009 : 88-91
Blueberry and mineral on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a clean finish. A wine that is nearly always beautiful.
James Suckling, Winespectator.com, 09/04/2010, USA