Reviews

JAMES SUCKLING

“Currants, fig leaves, mint, chocolate and wet earth on the nose. Medium-bodied with tight, chewy tannins.”

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This right-bank Bordeaux red comes indeed in a very dark and intense red colour like it’s common in dense Merlots from Pomerol. It’s nearly black to the core, with an intense red still filled with purple hues to the rim, looking vibrant and fairly youthful for a 5-years-old wine. Some notable tannins deposit observed at decanting.

The nose is, straight away, captivating… thanks to its depth, even at first smelling it!

I guess you could say that the fruit character is dominant, as clearly the wine is filled with intense, juicy-smelling dark cherry aromas, some fresh but ripe blackberry, hints of zesty raspberry as well. But there is also so much dark cocoa, hints of coffee, elegant French vanilla, plenty of spices like clove and nutmeg, and hints of black pepper and peppermint as well. Clearly, the fruit character isn’t just the one side to be smelt in this wine. A complex, multifaceted and profound nose.

The round and smooth palate features outstanding savoury characters of wood ashes mixed with sweet spices, intense clove blending into a meaty, juicy meat-stock character.

You know you’re in the Old World, and in Bordeaux in particular. The fruit flavours of dark cherry and blackberry are vibrant and make you salivate and lick your lips in delight, while the tannic structure is smooth like we love and expect from Pomerol.

Yet, Pomeaux brings along so much vinosity and depth of flavors, all in somewhat of an austere dryness if you were to compare with a more ‘New World’ and more opulently-ripe approaches, that you can taste the Earth and terroir of Pomerol, the deep clay and relatively organic-matter-rich soil that is unique to the area, and that promises and outstanding wine for pairing with complex yet elegant dishes.

Despite the obvious fruit ripeness here, the wine’s acidity is outstanding, which sustains a constant tension in the tasting experience, and keeps the wine’s fruit character lively all along.

Overall Conclusion?

An outstanding Pomerol wine, not only from its concentration and the smoothness of its fruity approach. However, one that brings in a rare acidity to the style, punchy liveliness and personality from a decadent vinosity, but also an earthiness and welcome warming spices for an explosion of controlled complex flavours.

This makes every sip a new discovery, and a pleasant deep tasting experience. What else do you need?

If this is what Château Pomeaux is able to deliver in a challenging vintage like 2012? I can’t wait to taste what they have pulled out other years!!!

ANDREAS LARSSON

Dark inky young purple. The nose is modern with notes of violet, dark berries, roasted oak and spices. Good grip on the palate, rather full with a dense fruity core, fine but present tannin, integrated oak, spicy notes and long, rich finish.

MARKUS DEL MONEGO MW

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Opulent nose with fine oak spices, hints of dark berries and plums. On the palate firm tannins, good structure, youthful character and good length. Needs more time to improve.