Château Pomeaux 2009

Vintage Notes

The 2009 Bordeaux wine vintage started slowly after a cold, dry winter. March experienced some rain and warm, spring temperatures. April was average, except for a burst of heat in mid-month and a hailstorm that caused extensive damage in Pessac Leognan and parts of the Right Bank. May was warm, sunny, and dry. Additional hailstorms were experienced on the Right Bank in late May and early June. Flowering occurred in early June following a week-long heat spell. June, July and August were sunny, warm, and dry. Records were set in 2009 for the amount of hours of sun the vines enjoyed. Bordeaux received only a minor rainfall in early September and conditions remained warm, sunny, and dry, with cool nights and mornings, throughout October. These were perfect conditions for the harvest and allowed growers to pick when they decided their grapes were optimally ripe. This perfect combination of warm, sunny days and cool nights resulted in wines that are sexy, opulent, deep, round, rich, ripe, and filled with flavor.  The best 2009 wines from Bordeaux are extraordinary and exciting. 2009 may be the best vintage Pomerol has produced in modern times.

The 2009 vintage of Château Pomeaux was harvested under perfect conditions in the second week of October.  After malolactic fermentation in small oak barrels, the wine matured in new French oak barrels and was bottled in June 2011. The extraordinary 2009 Château Pomeaux wine is intense, concentrated, fruity, hedonistic, delicious, attractive, rich, fleshy, and seductive.

Reviews

Decanter rating: 

“Intense dark purple core and hue. Fine aIntense aromas of spice, black fruit, oak, flowers and Port. A serious palate with hefty oak but has fruit to match. Voluptuously textured with velvety, fragrant fruit, lovely intense and underlying freshness. Long term. Very good. Drink: 2014-2022. Alcl: 14.5%. (17.17 points).”

JAMES SUCKLING

“Bright blueberry and chocolate character. Hints of spices. Full body, yet balanced and integrated. A beautiful core of fruit here with hints of black olives and berries. Very subtle and just the right amount of austerity.”