The 2002 Bordeaux vintage did not have an auspicious beginning. In late March, a cold snap delayed the bud break. The flowering in late May and early June was uneven, taking place in mixed weather and spun out over a full month so that the fruit of many vines did not set at all. Many grapes suffered from poor or failed pollination. The summer remained cool and lacked sun. The most quality-conscious producers did their usual crop-thinning after flowering and performed a further green harvest in August to concentrate the remaining fruit and encourage the ripening process. Miraculously, warm temperatures and extensive sunshine arrived in mid-September, saving the vintage. With help from improved technical options and consistent effort throughout the year, Bordeaux’s top winegrowers managed fine results in this challenging vintage.
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.
“A wine with raspberry, mineral and light plum character, medium body, light tannins and a pleasant finish. Very drinkable. Pleasant. Best after 2005. 565 cases made. “
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.”
“Woody, toasted, blackcurrant jam, bees wax. Well balanced and freshness in the mouth, an attractive gourmet sample.”
“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.”