Château Pomeaux 2005

DEGUSTATION

Le vin de Bordeaux 2005 est le fruit d’une saison de croissance à la fois chaude et sèche, combinée à un apport opportun d’humidité. Une floraison début juin, des vignes marquées en fin d’été par le stress lié au manque d’humidité, un contexte de quasi sécheresse transformé en parfaites conditions de récolte avec l’arrivée des pluies à la fin du mois d’août. Ces précipitations, venues nourrir la vigne exactement au bon moment, furent combinées à des jours chauds et à des nuits fraîches pendant le mois de septembre. Le millésime 2005 peut, avec les millésimes 2000 et 2009, prétendre au titre de plus beau millésime Bordeaux des temps modernes. Dame Nature fut d’une générosité extrême avec ce millésime d’exception au caractère puissant, élégant, pur, frais, équilibré et harmonieux. Les vins sont tanniques, mais ronds. Le millésime a mis du temps à se développer mais devrait pouvoir vieillir sans effort pendant plusieurs décennies.

Sur le domaine de Château Pomeaux, les vendanges 2005 se poursuivirent jusqu’à la dernière semaine de septembre. Après une fermentation malolactique dans des barriques de chêne neuves, le vin Château Pomeaux 2005 fut élevé en petits fûts de chêne français neufs et mis en bouteille au Château en juillet 2007. Le Château Pomeaux 2005 est un vin intense, concentré, fruité, hédoniste, délicieux, et un exemple extraordinaire de ce magnifique millésime.

CRITIQUES

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.

DECANTER

Bronze Medal, 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards

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.”

REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE

“Grand potentiel. Savoureux avec une bonne structure et des arômes persistants.”

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.”

ROBERTO VINO 

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

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.”

GEORGE LAM 

This is a well balanced wine!”