A great year for Pomerol...

2009 Pomerol

This is a great year for Pomerol, continuing a sequence that includes 2005, 2006 and 2008. The wines have everything one would expect, voluptuous fruit, fragrance and plentiful but supple tannins. Alcohol degrees, as in most of Bordeaux, are higher but the wines show balance.

What is also pleasing is that it is not just the leading chateaux that have performed, the quality flowing further down the scale, so offering, one hopes, some reasonably priced wines. Some chateaux (Lafleur, Trotanoy) harvested before the 19/20th September downpour (100 mm of rain), the majority (including Pétrus) after, clement conditions allowing growers to pick at will.