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Bordeaux/Right Bank Reds (Pomerol, St.-Emilion)
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201594-97NYRExtremely warm and dry growing season favored the Right Bank's clay and limestone soils. St.-Emilion the sweet spot; Pomerols are rich and layered. Values abound in Castillon and Fronsac
201490-93NYRA good spring was followed by a grey, humid summer, with slightly more rainfall than on the Left Bank. Merlot solid, but wines with Cabernet Franc the sweet spot as well-drained gravel soils were favored over clay
201386DrinkMerlot generally soft and forward but prime spots on limestone and gravel handled late rains better. Cabernet Franc also performed well, bolstering Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Generally more consistent than on Left Bank but still for early consumption
201290Drink or holdEarly-ripening Merlot favored in general over Left Bank Cabernet. Clay soils with good water retention kept vines going during August drought, while gravel easily drained off the later rains. Pomerol very solid; St.-Emilion more inconsistent with some wines prone to overextraction
201191HoldPomerols generally fresh and ripe; St.-Emilion Cabernet Franc excelled, buttressing the Merlot. Solid vintage that should age nicely, like 2001 and 2004
201098HoldDry but not warm season led to powerful. Merlot sports slightly higher alcohols; Cabernet Franc excelled. Pomeral and St.-Emilion superb; terrific values through Castillon and Fronsac
200996Drink or holdRich and powerful, yet round and friendly, with velvety texture and loads of fruit. Pomerol excelled with St.-Emilion more variable. Don't overlook Fronsac and Castillon
200888Drink or holdAfter a difficult growing season, late September weather allowed early-ripening Merlot to catch up. Right Bank wines fleshier than Left Bank
200786DrinkAromatic and lightly fruity, with fine tannins. Some wines overextracted
200689Drink or holdTop vineyards made balanced reds; others slightly austere
200597HoldOpulent and powerful, with solid backbones of tannins and acidity. Amazing Pomerols
200488Drink or holdMostly balanced, firm and delicate; some Cabernet Franc-based wines excellent
200394HoldExtremely ripe and rich; some wines too jammy
200287DrinkBalanced and fruity, but lacking some tannin backbone
200189DrinkVery good quality; ripe tannins, refined style
200093Drink or holdRich, powerful and structured, yet harmonious. Wines starting to open up now
199985Drink or holdAromatic and delicate; for early drinking
199895HoldMuscular and rich; much better than Left Bank
199786DrinkSoft and friendly wines; fresh style
199687DrinkMedium-bodied wines; slightly diluted
199594Drink or holdHarmonious yet structured; lovely fruit

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR


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