Pomerol: Bordeaux’s 2012 Standout

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Please note that this post is sponsored by Millesima USA, a New York-based wine merchant that offers a large selection of fine and rare wines. Millesima USA also specializes is the sale of wine futures with supply guaranteed through its parent company in Bordeaux.

2012 was a challenging vintage in Bordeaux. But many winemakers in Pomerol, the appellation located within Bordeaux’s Right Bank, were able to produce wines of depth, complexity, and character.

Pomerol is known for its small estates — some cover just a single acre. The area is also known for its Merlot. Pomerol’s unique soil, which is typically a mixture of stone and sand punctuated with iron oxide, is well-suited to the grape.

Like the rest of Bordeaux, Pomerol experienced chaotic weather in 2012. The spring was unpredictable and the summer brought heat and drought. Fortunately, the soils of Pomerol were able to hold on to moisture — and most producers were able to harvest their grapes just before rain showers hit in late September and early October. So the yields were naturally low. And the grapes produced wines of beautiful concentration and complexity.

This spring at En Primeur, Millesima — a wine merchant based in Bordeaux and New York — spoke with Charles Chevallier of iconic Pomerol estate Chateau L’Evangile.

Chevalier described his satisfaction with the estate’s 2012 vintage saying, “We obtained a wine with a beautiful structure with the Merlots which were perfectly ripe and rich. The wine doesn’t have the same opulence 2009 and 2010. Yet, we succeeded in getting a well-rounded and balanced wine.”

Check out the full interview below.

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