The winter preceding the 2018 Bordeaux vintage was abnormally wet and the initial portion of the 2018 Bordeaux growing season was characterized by record-setting rainfall. This massive amount of water, coupled with warm temperatures provided ideal conditions for attacks of downy mildew, which struck berries and leaves on both the Left and Right Banks. Some growers were able to survive these attacks of mildew, but others, particularly those that were committed to organic or biodynamic farming, lost all or a majority of their crops. For those that survived mildew, hailstorms struck the Bordeaux region in May, devastating a number of estates. This period of intense moisture and hail was followed by a long dry spell in late June, July, August, and September. The summer of 2018 was warm, but not hot, with abundant sunshine and cold nights, which provided the necessary acidity that makes extraordinary Bordeaux wines. Slight rain fell in June and July, which helped foster maturity. August experienced heat spikes, which were generally not severe, and was extremely dry. Light rain fell in September, allowing the grapes to achieve maturity. The 2018 harvest occurred under beautiful conditions, allowing growers to pick at optimal ripeness. The grapes were primarily small with thick skins, providing concentration of flavor and extract along with intense color. Sugar and alcohol levels are high, but acidity is high as well, with low pH.
The 2018 Bordeaux wines are typically extremely dark, and aromatically complex, blending ripe black, red, and blue fruit aromas with assorted nuances. At their best, 2018 Bordeaux wines are concentrated, opulently textured, full-bodied, and express a beautiful purity of fruit. These wines are mouth-filling, offering weight and density.The 2018 vintage of Château Pomeaux was harvested in the first week of October. Château Pomeaux was able to harvest a large crop of ripe grapes. After malolactic fermentation in small oak barrels, the wine matured in new French oak barrels and was bottled in June 2020. The outstanding 2018 vintage of Château Pomeaux wine is intense, concentrated, fruity, lush, rich, fleshy, powerful, opulent, and delicious.
“This is a big wine, with aromas of mulberries, spiced plums, walnuts, mocha, cloves and tobacco leaves. Full-bodied with firm, muscular tannins. Plush and dense with a compact core of ripe dark fruit.”
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