In terms of the viticultural year, 2005 vintage reminded Christian Moueix of 1982. 'It was the same type of easy year except a little drier and with yields better controlled,' he says. Certainly conditions, as in the rest of Bordeaux, were ideal. Water stress was the only worry but in general the vineyards adapted to the dry conditions avoiding the difficulties seen in 2003. Sugar potential was high (though not as excessive as some ACs) so the wines have power. They also have an abundance of fruit, impressive tannin levels and good acidity providing an overall feeling of balance. Quality across the appellation is reasonably homogenous, the wines built for the long haul. In style, this is perhaps a purer and more intense version of 1982 with a hint of the power of 1989. Undeniably a very good year for Pomerol. James Lawther MW

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