2007 Bordeaux wine is the product of cool, wet weather from flowering through August. An unseasonably warm, balmy April was succeeded by an overcast May that brought more cold, damp, and dank conditions that prompted outbreaks of downy mildew. June, July, and August delivered little to alleviate the summer’s damp, uninspiring trajectory. Light showers fell too often to allow the vines and berries to fully dry and the persistent damp encouraged mildew, reducing yields. Scarce sunshine meant some producers were forced to severely prune their vines to allow the grapes with the most potential full exposure to the available heat. Although this helped, ripening was still uneven. Fortunately, gloriously warm, sunny, and dry conditions in September saved what might otherwise have been a less highly-regarded vintage. The best 2007 Bordeaux wines are soft, pleasant, early drinkers.
Extremely favorable September conditions permitted Château Pomeaux to complete a small harvest of beautifully ripe grapes under ideal conditions in the first week of October. After malolactic fermentation in small oak barrels, the wine matured in new French oak barrels and was bottled in June 2009. By performing extensive work in the vineyard and winery, and taking advantage of the September sunshine, Château Pomeaux was able to create a rich, seductive, sweet, and delicious wine with a dark ruby color, ripe berry fruit, silky tannins, low acidity, purity, and lovely balance.
“Aromas of black olives, raspberries and minerals with some dried flowers. Medium body, with a solid core of ripe tannins and a clean, fresh fruit concentration. Fresh finish.”
“A lovely wine from a small Pomerol chateau within spitting distance of Cheval Blanc and Figeac. Give it an hour to breathe before drinking. 5 stars.”
“Boisé flatteur, vanille, fruits rouges, rond en bouche, souple tout en étant ferme ; beau vin bien fait plus sur le sentiment gourmand que la finesse.”