The making of great wine requires a combination of excellent terroir, careful and patient viniculture, and the skillful and artful vinification of those grapes after they are fully mature. Chateau Pomeaux has been blessed with an exceptional terroir. Chateau Pomeaux’s vines are located on a south-facing slope on the Pomerol plateau in soil that is predominantly gravel with clay and iron oxide in the subsoil. These conditions and Pomerol’s favorable climate create a perfect environment for growing Merlot grapes. Chateau Pomeaux’s vines consist of only Merlot Noir grapes with an average age of 45 years. After optimal grapes are selected through this intensive process, the grapes are crushed, placed in tanks, and cold-soaked with their skins for five days.
This enables additional color and flavor to be extracted before fermentation has begun. Temperature-controlled maceration and malolactic fermentation then occur in giant round oak tanks for 3 – 6 weeks. During this time, the grapes’ skins float to the surface and are repeatedly over-pumped to enhance color, richness, intensity, and aging ability. After pressing and scrupulous vinification, the wine is aged in new oak barrels for 18-24 months, depending on the vintage. The wine is then bottled and aged in the bottle to achieve further complexity and maturation. The result is a rare Bordeaux wine that is extraordinarily rich and robust with elegant balance and a delicate and marvelous bouquet.