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Pomerol 2018 reappraised: the scores

In his series of appellation-by-appellation profiles, Bordeaux correspondent Colin Hay revisits and re-tastes the 2018 vintage in Pomerol from bottle, finding a challenging, heterogeneous yet ultimately excellent vintage. Here are the scores.

Pomerol vineyard, Bordeaux

In db’s reappraisal of the Pomerol 2018 vintage,  it is easy to forget that 2018 is was, in a way, a ‘miracle’ vintage. Halfway through the growing season, and in every appellation in the region, there were anxieties that not a single bottle of wine would be produced. However, through a combination of good luck (the longest, driest, hottest and sunniest summer on record) and more importantly, better wine-making (and also winemaking that is better adapted to global warming), there is freshness to be found in the best wines of the 2018 vintage.

The tasting process itself took place over over a 4-month period between September and December (due to the sheer complexity of assembling samples), with samples almost exclusively supplied by the châteaux themselves. Other than a handful of properties that I visited (which are identified in the tasting notes below), all samples were tasted in Paris. I have had no qualms about trying to taste these wines at their best. So, where I thought it might help reveal them at their best, I have not been reluctant to decant samples. I have also used a range of glassware from Grassl, Reidel, Zalto and Sydonios.

All wines (other than those tasted at the châteaux themselves) were tasted at least three times over a period of 48 hours. I am extremely grateful to all those who sent samples and to all those who helped me in the Herculean task of tracking down samples. Only two samples were rejected and, in both case, kindly replaced by the château.

For our full analysis see here, and for the full tasting notes, click here.

Wine Rating
Lafleur 100
Petrus 100
Trotanoy 99+
Le Pin 99
Vieux Chateau Certan 99
L’Eglise-Clinet 98
La Fleur-Pétrus 98
La Violette 98
Clinet 97
Enclos Tourmaline 97
Evangile 97
La Conseillante 96+
Hosanna 96
Latour à Pomerol 96
Guillot Clauzel 95+
La Connivence 95
Les Pensées de Lafleur 95
Petit Village 95
Belle-Brise 94+
Clos du Clocher 94
Feytit Clinet 94
La Fleur de Gay 94
Le Gay 94
Séraphine 94
Nénin 93+
Clos de la Vieille Eglise 93
Clos L’Eglise 93
Gazin 93
La Gravette de Certan 93
La Petite Eglise 93
Le Chemin 93
Romana 93
Rouget 93
Vray Croix de Gay 93
Certan de May 92+
Espérance de Trotanoy 92+
La Croix St Georges 92+
Lafleur Gazin 92+
Porte Chic 92+
Vieux Maillet 92+
Beauregard 92
Blason de l’Evangile 92
Bonalgue 92
Bourgneuf 92
Clos du Beau-Père 92
Gombaude Guillot 92
L’Eclat de Valois 92
L’Innocene de Séraphine 92
La Cabanne 92
La Commanderie 92
La Grave à Pomerol 92
Montviel 92
De Sales 91+
Sacré Couer 91+
St Pierre 91+
Clos 56 91
Clos Rene 91
Domaine de l’Eglise 91
La Patache 91
Le Bon Pasteur 91
Mazeyres 91
Plince 91
Lagrange à Pomerol 90+
Croix du Casse 90
De Valois 90
Fayat 90
L’Enclos 90
La Croix de Gay 90
La Croix du Casse 90
Bellegrave 89+
Due do Conseillante 89
La Création 89
La Croix 89
Le Caillou 89
Clos Vieux Taillefer 88
Fugue de Nénin 88
Haut Maillet 88
La Clémence 88
La Croix Taillefer 88
La Pointe 88
Vieux Plateau Certan 88
Le Moulinet 87
Moulinet 87
La Renaissance 86
Plincette 85



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