Vintages


1998

The 1998 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux was harvested in the first week of October 1998 and, after extended aging in new oak barrels, the wine was bottled in September 2000. The 1998 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux has been uniformly praised and is greatly admired for its elegance and balance. Examples of reviews of the 1998 vintage include the following:

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: “This vineyard has made a sensational debut with its first harvest! That may not seem difficult, given that the wine is made from pure Merlot grapes grown on a ferruginous gravel and clay soil. Even so, the result is impressive. The very dark colour has brown-black glints, and the nose releases a powerful yet subtle combination of red-berry, stewed-cherry and spice aromas, along with notes of mocha, leather and oaky toast (still somewhat dominant). The palate is warm, rich, dense and structured by finely-textured tannins which are still fresh and show that the wine has very good aging potential. After a success like this we await further delights in the vintages to come.”

Wine Spectator: “Plenty of sweet berry aromas here. Full-bodied and round, with ripe tannins and a sweet fruit aftertaste. Almost outstanding.”

Decanter: “Very deep and rich nose of coffee and ripe cherry. Full bodied, plenty of round tannins and long finish. Perfect harmony among its structured components.”

Le Nouvel Observateur: “A star is born in Pomerol with the 1998 vintage. Pure merlot grown in furrugineous clay and gravel, matured in new oak barrels. Impressive result.”

Wine Spectator: “Lots of plum and raspberry aromas with hints of vanilla .... Delicious”.


1999

The 1999 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux was harvested in the last week of September 1999 and, after malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels and aging in new oak barrels, was bottled in June 2001. The 1999 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux is extraordinarily robust, fruity, and elegant. Examples of reviews of the 1999 vintage include the following:

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: “Coup de Couer” (Supreme Award for Pomerol wines): “Small vineyard planted exclusively in Merlot on a crasse ferruginous soil in the Toulifaut area. The 1998 vintage of this wine received two stars in our previous guide. The 1999 vintage is even better and it receives the “Coup de Couer” (Supreme Award). Our taster was impressed by its outstanding concentration, its Bordeaux color, its young, ripe liquorice flavor, its sweetness, and its hint of truffles. The wine is mouthwatering, sensual, and structured with spicy tannins. A superb Pomerol to keep. In five to fifteen years, it will be a gastronomic classic.”

Decanter “Wine of the Month” for July 2001: “100% Merlot grown on the southern slopes of Pomerol. This stood out in the tasting thanks to its very ripe black cherry fruit with creamy oak and a touch of caramel. Very deep and rich nose. High acidity and firm tannins on a complex fruit base with delicious sweetness. This will last for some time....”

Decanter: “That very expensive French terroir has produced yet another classic that is worth every penny. An intensely ripe dense black cherry fruit and creamy oak with some cedarwood and a touch of caramel on the nose. Ripe dry and youthful wine with lovely sweetness, complexity, good crisp acidity and firm tannins. Delicious.”

Decanter: “Deep, dark, intense and stylish nose with good weight. Almost opaque. Toasty, bisquity concentration on mid palate. Liquorice, dark core of fruit, firmly structured. Blackburry fruit and heady spice, but well managed, finely textured tannins.”

Revue des Vins de France: “A very nice bottle which is both powerful and delicate at the same time. The wine is very long in the mouth with elegant and delicate tannins, which give a very delicate style. The finish is rich, long and very intense. Here we have a wine that is gushing with vigor. A tasting revelation.”


2000

The 2000 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux was harvested in the last week of September 2000. Intense and continuous sunshine and heat in August and September 2000 resulted in a harvest of extremely high quality grapes with intense concentration. After malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels and aging in new small oak barrels, the 2000 vintage was bottled in June 2002. This extraordinary vintage is full-bodied, rich in fruit, and of extraordinarily high quality. Examples of reviews of the 2000 vintage include the following:

Wine Spectator: “A seductive and refined red, with loads of crushed berries, flowers, olives and spices. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and beautiful harmony.”

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: “This small property located in the Toulifaut area premiered with its 1998 vintage. The wine, exclusively from Merlot grapes planted on ferruginous sand, has rapidly attained rare distinction. An almost black robe is mirrored with purple and garnet reflections. The bouquet explodes with a sensation of aromas: violets, blackcurrants, vanilla, tobacco, and toasted wood …. In the mouth, this powerful but elegant wine is well-balanced, with full round tannins. In a few years, this 2000 will be a perfect match for game or Tournedos Rossini with truffles. Remember that the 1999 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux received our “Coup de Coeur” (Supreme Award).”

The Wine Advocate (Robert M. Parker, Jr.): “The owner’s push to increase the quality at this estate is admirably revealed in the character-filled 2000. Dense ruby/purple, with a sweet, sensual nose of black fruits intermixed with hints of wood, cedar, and spice, this medium-bodied offering exhibits ripe tannin in its lush, plump finish. It should drink well for 10-12 years.”

Revue des Vins de France: “We like it a lot. On the nose the wine seems expressive, mature and ripe. It offers a complex and luxurious texture in the mouth, and it has superb length.”

Revue des Vins de France: “A spicy nose which expresses the wine’s red fruit marmalade. It has a nice beginning in the mouth and strong, well-rounded tannins which provide aging potential.”

Revue des Vins de France: “A superb revelation! It competes with the top Pomerols with an intense body and structure and a stylish bouquet. Tasted again after a long aeration, it confirmed our enthusiasm. An excellent deal.”


2001

The harvest of the 2001 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux was completed during the second week of October 2001 under ideal conditions. Heat and sunshine in late September and early October contributed to a plentiful harvest of extremely high quality grapes. After malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels, the 2001 Chateau Pomeaux was aged in new small oak barrels and bottled in June 2003. The 2001 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux is rich in fruit, sweet, and delicious.

Revue des Vins de France: “Delicate nose, tasty, well balanced, and melting in the mouth.”


2002

The harvest of the 2002 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux was completed in the first week of October 2002. September and early October brought heat and sunshine which culminated in extrardinarily rich and sweet grapes. After alcoholic fermentation in new oak tanks and malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels, the 2002 Chateau Pomeaux was bottled in June 2004. The 2002 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux is rich in fruit, intense, concentrated, sweet, and delicious. Examples of reviews of the 2002 Chateau Pomeaux include the following:

Revue des Vins de France: “Always full of character with its ripe fruit and smoky powerful nose, a good texture in the mouth with dense tannins and a well balanced finish with great potential.”

Le Point: “Woody, toasted, blackcurrant jam, bees wax. Well balanced and freshness in the mouth, an attractive gourmet sample.”

Wine Spectator: “Good smoke, chocolate, and berry character. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Very good for the year from this estate.”

New York Bordeaux Blind Tasting:

• “Medium garnet, elegant, fine, refined nose, tasty waves on palate, rich, full flavoured and long. Superbly nice balance, wonderful quality.”

• “Black ruby, black fruit, mandarin, violets on nose, black cherry, violets, eucalyptus, rich earthiness on palate, fine acidity, round, generous body, good complexity, fine length and finish, very good balance and quality.”

• “Bright, deep, intensive ruby, classic nose, harmonious fruit and spice flavours, palate a magnificent expression of complex elements, generous, but elegant, huge success, tannins silky and long, fine finish, excellent overall balance and spectacular quality.”

2003

The summer of 2003 was one of the hottest in Bordeaux’s history. In the first week of September, substantial rain fell in Bordeaux and most Pomerol vineyards decided to make their earliest harvests ever. To achieve optimal maturity of its grapes, Chateau Pomeaux elected to delay harvesting until after the rain ceased and further ripening occurred, and the harvest was completed in the final week of September. Chateau Pomeaux was rewarded for its patience with a harvest of exceptionally high quality grapes with an intense concentration. After alcoholic fermentation in oak tanks and malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels, the 2003 Chateau Pomeaux was aged in new small French oak barrels and bottled in June 2005. The 2003 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux is intense, powerful, fruity, hedonistic, and delicious.

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: “This small property is located on the southern slope of the Pomerol plateau. Merlot reigns as the exclusive maestro. In the glass, the wine displays a ruby color bordered with garnet. The bouquet opens with toasted wood and butter accompanied by red jammy fruit aromas. The attractive palate reveals good tannins that will become more supple with two to three years aging. Fine wine experts will love this bottle within the next ten years.”

2004

The 2004 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux benefited from an exceptionally warm September with cool nights. The harvest, which was completed in the first week of October, produced high quality, ripe merlot berries with good structure and acidity, proof of exceptional aging ability. After malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels, the 2004 Chateau Pomeaux was aged in new small oak barrels and bottled in July 2006. The 2004 vintage of Chateau Pomeaux is rich in fruit, sweet, and delicious.

Vinum: A touch of Tobacco, firm tannins with a long and elegant finish combined with an oaky presence.

Revue du Vin de France: “We loved it. A Pomerol with great potential and ample structure, which should be enhanced by maturing.”

2005

The 2005 vintage is widely regarded as the greatest in modern Bordeaux history. Mother Nature has been extremely generous with this exceptional vintage. The combination of warm, sunny days and cool nights produced grapes of optimal maturity, with harvesting completed in the fourth week of September. After malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels, the 2005 Chateau Pomeaux was aged in new small French oak barrels and bottled in July 2007. The 2005 Chateau Pomeaux is intense, concentrated, fruity, hedonistic, and delicious and promises to be a notable example of this magnificent vintage.

Revue du Vin de France: “Great Potential. Tasty with a good structure and persistent aromas.”

TAST: “If the winery manages to maintain the quality of the 2005 sample through the bottling, a new great Pomerol will exist. To be followed.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert M. Parker, Jr.): “the 2005 Pomeaux is the finest effort I ever tasted from this small, American owned, Pomerol estate. Displaying copious quantities of red and black fruits in a juicy, crunchy format, it possesses medium to full body, adequate acidity, and ripe, silky tannins. Enjoy this plump, pure, nuanced, tasty 2005 during its first 12-15 years of life.”

Wine Spectator: “The blackberry, black licorice and raspberry on the nose are superenticing. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and very silky tannins. This is dense and focused. Tightly knit, like a small ball of cashmere yarn. Much better than from barrel. Best after 2013.”

Wine Spectator: “The American-owned Pomeaux only came into being in 1998 and continues to improve in quality each year….The property consists of 9.3 acres of 35 year-old Merlot vines on the southeastern slope of the Pomerol plateau. Michel Rolland supervises the making of the wine, which in 2005 saw a huge leap in quality, due not only to the perfect weather conditions that year, but also to more rigorous vineyard management and a stricter selection at harvesttime.”

Decanter: Bronze Medal, 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards

2006

The 2006 vintage began with a slow maturation of the grapes. The weather was hot and dry in June and July, but August was cool and rainy. The first two weeks of September were again hot and dry and, ripening accelerated. The harvest began in the third week of September, producing sweet, ripe Merlot grapes with good color and an excellent fruity taste. After malolactic fermentation in new small oak barrels, the wine was aged in new French oak barrels and bottled in September 2008.

Revue du Vin de France: “A lovely, rich ripe black fruit nose; An opulent mouth; well balanced, warm and flattering.”

2007

The 2007 vintage began with a cool and rainy June, July, and August. A gloriously sunny and dry September saved this vintage and allowed a small harvest of beautifully ripe grapes to be conducted under ideal conditions. By performing extensive work in the vineyard and winery, and taking advantage of the September sunshine, Chateau Pomeaux was able to create a rich, seductive, and sweet wine with a dark ruby color, ripe berry fruit, silky tannins, low acidity, purity, and lovely balance. After malolactic fermentation in small oak barrels, the wine is maturing in new French oak barrels.

Le Point: “Flattering wood, vanilla, red fruits, round on the mouth, supple while firm; lovely wine well made more on gourmand feeling than finesse.”

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