The 2000 Bordeaux wine vintage began with a cold, wintery January and February, followed by a mild, warm, March. A late flowering was followed by a June and July that alternated between hot and cold, with little sun and periods of rain, providing little promise for a good harvest. Conditions changed rapidly at the end of July when Bordeaux experienced two months of perfect, warm, dry, weather that was filled with sunshine. In August, many Bordeaux vineyards experienced drought-like conditions. September was dry and for the first two weeks, sunny and hot. Throughout September, the lack of rain was paired with occasional heatwaves, which helped to thicken the grapes’ skins and concentrate their flavors. On September 19 nearly three inches of rain fell in Bordeaux, which was exactly what the vineyards needed. The harvest was completed under ideal conditions on both the Right Bank and the Left Bank. From the moment grapes were picked, vineyard owners knew 2000 Bordeaux wine would be special. Several Châteaux recorded the highest levels of tannin and extract in their history. 2000 Bordeaux wine retains its legendary status. The wines are deep, ripe, rich, concentrated, flamboyant, and expressive. The tannins are ripe and round. The wines are built to age, yet their charm allowed them to be enjoyed in their youth.
The 2000 vintage of Château Pomeaux was harvested in the last week of September. 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, hedonistic, opulent, and of extraordinarily high quality.
“Leather, tobacco leaf, fine wood. So a classic style of wine. Elegant and not really any presence of new oak, more on the fruity, spicy side. So an elegant wine for an elegant meal.”
“Smooth and earthy.”
“Attractive chocolate, walnut aromas with hints of plums. Full body, with silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very refined and beautiful.”
“A seductive and refined red, with loads of crushed berries, flowers, olives and spices. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and beautiful harmony. Best after 2006. 1,000 cases made.”
“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 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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