Château Pomeaux 2005

Vintage Notes

The marvelous 2005 vintage of Bordeaux wine is the product of a hot and dry growing season, with just enough moisture at the right times to nourish the vines. Flowering occurred at the beginning of June. During late summer, some vines had become stressed from the lack of moisture, but rains that fell in late August and early September, and warm and sunny September days and cool September nights turned a near-drought into superb conditions for harvesting perfectly ripe grapes. The 2005 Bordeaux wine vintage, along with those of 2000 and 2009, remains a contender for the finest vintage from Bordeaux in modern times.  Mother Nature has been extremely generous with this exceptional vintage. The character of the vintage marries power, elegance, purity, freshness, balance, and harmony. The wines are tannic, but round. The vintage has required time to develop but should age effortlessly for decades.

Harvesting of the 2005 vintage of Château Pomeaux wine was completed in the last week of September. After malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels, the 2005 Château Pomeaux was aged in new small French oak barrels and bottled in July 2007. The 2005 Château Pomeaux is intense, concentrated, fruity, hedonistic, delicious, and an extraordinary example of this magnificent vintage.

Reviews

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.”

GEORGE LAM

“This is a well-balanced wine! 5 stars.”

JAMES SUCKLING

“Wow! Gorgeous aromas of incense, rose petal and dark fruits. Deep and fascinating. Full body with velvety tannins and an impressive finish.”

ROBERTO VINO

“Excellent right bank merlot…crushed bricks, plums, black cherry, vanilla. Pricy but you will not be disappointed. 5 Stars”

Revue du Vin de France

“Great Potential. Tasty with a good structure and persistent aromas.”

LORD NANTUCKET

“Classic Bordeaux. Balanced fruit and earthiness. Age has developed its complexity and smoothed the flavours. Approachable. Nose: Soft vanilla bean, dark cherry, milk chocolate, green pepper Palate: Brambles, olive, graphite, cherry, plum Allow to open. Round and velvety tannins. Enough to provide structure, without detracting from the experience.”

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 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

Andreas Larsson

Tasted 100% Blind

Spicy Layers, Wild Berry, Black Truffle

Quite a dense colour here. A high intensity with a black-purple core and a ruby rim. The nose indicates, however, a bit more evolution here. There is a complexity here. With fine spiciness, some notes of leather, a lot of wild berry fruit; like blackberry, raspberry. A slight earthy hint like black truffle as well. Good density on the palate. Very dense actually. I think the nose indicated a certain evolution, but there is still this firm core of tannin. High intensity of fruit. So very dense with a very good length. There is an approaching complexity because on the finish it is really a long finish with a lot of layers of spiciness going on. So, I would call this a high potent wine. Highly potent wine, with a good potential for development. Just still on the palate it is a bit young it needs some aeration, it needs some more time in the cellar, but a quite promising example.

Roberto Vino 

“Excellent right bank merlot…crushed bricks,plums,black cherry,vanilla..pricy but you will not be disappointed. 5 Stars”

Lord Nantucket

“Classic Bourdeaux. Balanced fruit and earthiness. Age has developed its complexity and smoothed the flavours. Approachable. 

Nose: Soft vanilla bean, dark cherry, milk chocolate, green pepper
Palate: Brambles, olive, graphite, cherry, plum

Allow to open. Round and velvety tannins. Enough to provide structure, without detracting from the experience. 4 stars.”

George Lam 

“This is a well balanced wine! 5 stars.”