This is clearly an outstanding year for Pomerol, certainly for the leaders and those in hot pursuit, one that ranks with 2005, 2006 and 2009. Dry summer conditions caused steady hydric stress but the vines never shut down allowing steady concentration. Cool night time temperatures also militated against adverse stress and helped develop aroma. The harvest was carried out in fine conditions around 22 September to 5 October (27 October-2 October for Pétrus). Yields were down on last year, up to 20% in some cases, due to tiny berries and coulure. Tannin and anthocyanin (colour) levels are high as are alcohol degrees but acidity is there to provide freshness and balance. Hence, the wines have deep colour, lovely floral and red berry aromatics, a solid but svelte tannic structure and good length. It was important not to over-extract and generally this was accomplished. Tasting a selection of wines across the board at the syndicat offices it is clear, however, that there are still a number of châteaux who should not be allowed the Pomerol label. By James Lawther MW

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