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2022 Pomerol Wine, Vintage Report and Buying Guide

2022 Pomerol Wine, Vintage Report and Buying Guide

2022 Pomerol wines are gorgeous. At their best, they are aromatic, opulent, concentrated, flamboyant, elegant, and most importantly, vibrant with freshness. Their unique character is due to the unusual coupling of high sugar levels meshed with a low pH. While you have it in spades with 2022 Pomerol, not is not something you see often.

Ronan Laborde Chateau Clinet“2022 Pomerol can be characterized by its perfume and sapidity. The wines are incredibly silky. They are gentle, with freshness, and length. It is a style of wine we have never experienced in Bordeaux before.”

Due to the warm and extremely dry growing season, vineyards on the plateau, with water retentive clay soils preformed extremely well for both Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The berries, with their small size, thick skins and high juice to skin ratio provided natural concentration which added to the character of 2022 Pomerol. While 2022 Pomerol is a vintage born from the drought conditions, the amount of sunlight was also crucial.

Christian Mouiex – Chateau Trotanoy“July 349 hours sun, 348 hours of Sun in August, 11 hours a day of fun. It is the sun that made 2022, not the drought for us.”

Fortunately, enough rain fell in June, along with a tiny bit of rain in July to nourish the vines, allowing the fruits to reach maturity.

The extreme dry conditions allowed growers, under very stringent conditions to irrigate vines. At the end of the day, (or should I say growing season?), very little irrigation took place. To irrigate 2022 Pomerol the following rules were in place.

Growers were obligated to inform the Pomerol Syndicat no less than 48 hours in advance of irrigation. The information required included the parcel and size of the area needing to be irrigated as well as the specific grape variety involved and how the water would be dispersed. The amount of water was limited to 5,500 kilograms per hectare. Irrigation was limited to vines with berries used to produce wine. Young vines were exempt from irrigation. Irrigation was only allowed between July 20,2022 and August 15, 2022.

At the end of the day, not many vineyards chose to, or were able to irrigate. But, it is interesting as well as important to note, as it is a clear recognition of climate change. With this in mind, growers recognized the need to adapt to the new normal with 2022 Bordeaux.

Neomie Durantou – Chateau L’Eglise Clinet“It is evident that the vines are learning to adapt to warmer and drier, drought conditions. But we needed to do our part as well. We deleafed, but very conservatively, as it helps the vineyard become more homogenous during the growing cycle.”

2022 Pomerol was harvested in beautiful conditions with growers starting to pick Merlot from early to mid-September. Some growers began their young vine Merlot as early as September 1. The grapes from the better terroirs, (Those with water-retentive soils) were coming in with very high sugar levels, which were in most cases balanced by ample acidities. However, picking dates were crucial, as vignerons needed ripeness, as well as freshness.

Jacques Thienpot Le Pin – We spent a longtime harvesting searching for the perfect level of ripeness. On some days we harvested for 2 hours, others longer. It was picking at the right moment that made everything work with 2022.”

The Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon was brought in shortly after the Merlot. By the time the fruit was harvested, it was clear that 2022 had produced several stunning Right Bank wines.

Olivier Berrouet – Petrus “The picking date was paramount with 2022. The level of vibrancy was unexpected.”

For a complete, detailed overview and analysis of the 2022 Bordeaux vintage and harvest with producer quotes… 2022 Bordeaux Vintage, Harvest Report

All of the following 2022 Pomerol wines were tasted in Bordeaux in April. Most of the wines were tasted at the property. However, a few of the wines were tasted at Negociants, Consultants or with trade groups. Whenever possible the wines were tasted more than once.

2022 Pomerol Wine Tasting Notes…

2022 Beauregard – Pomerol – Black cherries, flowers, citrus, and cocoa create the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, elegant, fresh, and lusciously-textured. The finish, with its layers of chocolate-infused plums, and black cherries, with just a hint of spice, and espresso at the end really hit the spot. Beauregard is clearly on a roll, and this is their best vintage yet! Drink from 2025-2042. 93-95 Pts

2022 Bel-Air-Pomerol – Pomerol – Elegant soft, medium-bodied, forward, fresh, plummy wine with elements of chocolate, espresso, and licorice to accompany the dark cherries, finishing with chalky tannins. Drink from 2025-2037. 90-92 Pts

2022 Bon Pasteur – Pomerol – Dark, in color, the wine exudes aromas of flowers, black raspberries, black cherries, chocolate, licorice and espresso. The wine is concentrated, lush, deep, creamy and fresh. The dark pit fruits are perfectly ripe. The tannins are silky. The finish is long, sapid and wide. The fruit really hangs in and you get to experience more of those opulent, chocolate-coated plums on the backend. The wine blends 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink from 2026-2045. 94-96 Pts

2022 Bonalgue – Pomerol – The fruits are ripe, lifted, sweet, spicy, and earthy. The mid-palate, and finish is all about its chocolate-coated plums, black cherries, and espresso. Fresh and vibrant, soft and polished, the fruits are lush, long and creamy. The end note delivers touches of salty-chocolate on the backend. The wine is made from blending 92% Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2042. 91-93 Pts

2022 Bourgneuf – Pomerol – Silky, long, fresh, vibrant, and packed with ripe, black cherries, dark plums, truffle, chocolate, and spice. The wine needs a bit of time to better integrate. If it does, my score could move up. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2040. 92-94 Pts

2022 Certan de May – Pomerol – Roses, chocolate-covered plums, smoke, licorice, and scorched earth form the perfume. On the palate, the wine is long, rich, silky, fresh, and loaded with layers of dark cocoa-covered plums, licorice and black cherries, There is more richness than you normally find here, along with silky-tannins, lift, and opulence in the finish. A bit more Cabernet in the blend really made a difference this year. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2042. 93-95 Pts

2022 Clinet – Pomerol – Inky, dark in color, the wine explodes from the glass with its floral display before moving to its wealth of dark red pit fruits, chocolate, truffle, wild cherry, and mint aromas. However, it is the velvet-drenched layers of dark fruit, opulent-textures, and cashmere tannins where the wine really takes off. The finish is pure hedonistic-decadence that must be felt to be believed. You have plenty of time to experience it as the fruits remain on your palate for over 60 seconds! This is Pomerol. and Clinet at its best! The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.75 pH. Harvesting took place September 6, September 21. This is the earliest start to a vintage in the history of Clinet. Yields were 34 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2060. 97-99 Pts

2022 Clos LEglise – Pomerol – Deeply colored, the wine is floral, with chocolate, plum, licorice, smoke, and truffle accents. The wine is deep, concentrated, opulent, and sexy. Picture molten dark chocolate-coated, black plums coating your palate with lingering fruits, and a touch salt that slides in at the end of the long, finish. This is a new level of quality for Clos L’Eglise! The harvest took place September 9 – September 29. The wine blends 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc, making this the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever used in the blend. 15% ABV 3.75 pH. Drink from 2027-2050. 95-97 Pts

2022 Clos Rene – Pomerol – Silky, fresh, supple ,medium-bodied, elegant, cherry, and plum filled wine with a spicy, savory edge to the lush, sweet, ripe, chocolate-coated berries on the palate and in the finish. Drink from 2025-2040. 91-93 Pts

2022 Clos du Clocher – Pomerol – Silky cherries, plums, cocoa, and violets in the perfume, the wine is medium/full-bodied, vibrant, opulent, silky, lush, and polished. The finish continues its theme of dark chocolate-covered fruit, espresso, and sensuous textures from the mid-palate through to the silky, long finish. The wine blends 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. Drink from 2024-2045. 95-97 Pts

2022 Clos-du-Beau-Pere – Pomerol – Flowers, orange peel, black cherries, cocoa, and truffle open the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, forward, soft, polished, and fresh, with a lingering cocoa, black raspberry, and plum finish. For those seeking something unique, check out the white wine from Le Clos du Beau Pere, 2022 is only the second vintage. Back to the red wine. Drink from 2025-2037 91-93 Pts

2022 ClosVieuxTaillefer – Pomerol – Forward, soft, fruity, medium-bodied, plummy wine with touches of chocolate and cherries in the end note. You can enjoy this with ease on release. Drink from 2025-2035. 89-91 Pts

2022 Croix du Casse – Pomerol – Flowers, mushrooms, black cherries, mint leaves, and cocoa are at the center of this wine, on the nose, and on the medium-bodied, elegant, soft, round, polished, fruity palate. I like the softness, lift and refinement here, as well as the powdered chocolate in the finish. The wine blends 97% Merlot with 3% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2042. 91-93 Pts

2022 Domaine-de-LEglise – Pomerol – Black cherry liqueur, plums, blue fruits, chocolate and violets show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is refined, silky, fresh, lively, lush and long. The silky chocolate-coated-plums, are elegant, fresh and earthy. The end notes combine freshness and finesse in the long finish. The wine blends 98% Merlot with 2% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts

2022 Enclos Tourmaline – Pomerol – The wine opens with chocolate, black raspberries, licorice, flowers, espresso, and a touch of smoke on the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, opulent, and fresh. There is lift to the layers of sweet, ripe, deep red fruits, dark chocolate, and a lingering spicy note on the backend of the silky finish. The wine is a blend of 95% and 5% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.52 pH. Yields were 38 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2047. 96-98 Pts

2022 Fayat – Pomerol – With a floral edge to the cherries, and licorice on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, silky, vibrant and sweet. The fruits are on the black raspberry, and cherry side, with a hint of citrus on the fresh, mildly spicy backend. You can enjoy this on release or with just a year or two of age. The wine blends 95% Merlot with 5% Cabernet Franc. 14% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts

2022 Ferrand – Pomerol – Fresh, cherry-toned, medium-bodied, earthy, red plum oriented wine with accents of cocoa and spice in the mid palate and in the finish. This will be easy to enjoy in its youth. Drink from 2025-2034. 87-89 Pts

2022 Feytit-Clinet – Pomerol – Deep, rich, purple in hue, the wine is packed with black plums, flowers, cloves, cinnamon, cherries, apple blossoms, smoke, and licorice in the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine shows off its sensuous, silky wealth of plums, cherries, and chocolate form the initial sip. Concentrated, rich, and creamy, with vibrancy, length and suppleness, this is a gorgeous expression of Feytit-Clinet. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. 14.9% ABV, 3.75 pH. The harvest took place September 5 – September 27. The yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare. This is the finest vintage of Feytit Clinet produced yet. Drink from 2026-2050. 96-98 Pts

2022 Gazin – Pomerol – Finesse in style, at its core, the wine is all about its spice, milk-chocolate, plum, cherry, espresso and wet earth character. Long, silky, fresh, refined, and plummy, the mid-palate, and finish remain focused on its layers of silky fruits from start to finish. The wine blends 93% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2025-2045. 94-96 Pts

2022 Gouprie – Pomerol – Medium-bodied, soft, forward, fruity and a bit chalky in the finish, the wine expresses its core of chocolate, plums, licorice, and espresso easily. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts

2022 Guillot Clauzel – Pomerol – The wine pops with its nose of chocolate, black cherries, and flowers. But, the best part of the experience is the silky, creamy, sexy textures, and the layers of dark cocoa, and plums. The long sensuous finish is rich, fresh, and supple. This is an insiders secret in Pomerol. The production averages only 500 cases per vintage. If you are a fan of Pomerol, and you want to try something new, check it out. The wine blends 83% Merlot with 17% Cabernet Franc.14.5% ABV, 3.77 pH. Guillaume Thienpont of Vieux Chateau Certan is in charge of the estate. Drink from 2026-2050. 95-97 Pts

2022 Hosanna – Pomerol – This is a great Hosanna! The wine is dark in color, with a boatload of black plums to match. There is richness, concentration, opulence, length, purity, and seemingly non-stop waves of cashmere-textured, black and dark red pit fruits, all touched by chocolate and spices. The harvest took place September 24 – October 6. Drink from 2027-2055. 96-98 Pts

2022 L’Eglise Clinet – Pomerol – Very floral in its perfume, you also find notes of dark, and milk chocolate, mint, cherry liqueur, plums, and a background touch of espresso. However, it is on the palate where you enjoy the wine at its best. Texturally, this is silk and velvet. There are no hard edges. The fruits are so pure, they taste as if they were just picked from the vineyard. The finish is seamless, moving through its beginning, middle, and end, effortlessly. The sensuous finish sees the 60 second mark and keeps right on going. From a blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, 14.60% ABV, 3.6 pH. The harvest took place September 3 – September 9. This is the earliest harvest in the history of the estate. It is great to see continuing strong wines from the Durantou family. Drink from 2027-2060. 98-100 Pts

2022 LEglise Clinet La Petite Eglise – Pomerol – This is a beautiful expression of flowers with plums, cherries, and cocoa. As nice as the nose is, it is on the palate, with its silky, creamy, layers of sweet, red, and black fruits that the wine shows its best. It is difficult to believe this is only a second wine, as it competes with many, much more expensive wines from the plateau. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2042. 93-95 Pts

2022 LEvangile – Pomerol – Deep in color, the wine pops with its nose of violets, black cherry, spice, cinnamon, and chocolate. On the palate, the wine quickly focuses you on its core of black cherries, black plums, spices, cocoa, espresso, and savory herbs. Elegantly textured, with softness, refinement, length and freshness, the finish has length, purity, and freshness on the back end that stands out. The is a complete change in direction from the recent vintages that were focused more on density. With the 2022, the wine is about its elegant nature. The wine blends 82% Merlot, 17.5% Cabernet Franc and .05% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% ABV, 3.8 pH. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place August 29 – September 14. The wine is aging in a combination of 50% new, French oak, 15% amphora and 10% foudres. Drink from 2027-2055. 95-97 Pts

2022 LEvangile Blason de L’Evangile – Pomerol – Medium-bodied, soft, silky, spicy, floral and fresh, with a core of sweet, ripe, vibrant red cherries and powdered chocolate on the mid-palate, and in the elegant finish. You can enjoy this on release, and over the near term while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2037. 90-92 Pts

2022 La Cabanne – Pomerol – Flowers, and sweet cherries initially bring you into the wine. From there, it is the silky, refined, elegant plums, chocolate, red pit fruits, and truffles that flow easily over the medium-bodied, mid-palate, and finish that get you going back for another sip. Drink from 2025-2042. 92-94 Pts

2022 La Clemence – Pomerol – Black fruits, chocolate, coffee bean, licorice, and spice notes create the character here. The wine is creamy, the fruits are ripe, but, there is a strong, smoky, oaky edge to the fruit on the palate that needs time to integrate. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts

2022 La Commanderie Pomerol – Pomerol – Flowers, cherries, and chocolate nuances are all over this wine. Lush, polished, soft ,and silky, with layers of cherries, plums, and more of that sweet, essence of chocolate, this medium-bodied wine will drink well on release, and age for at least 10-12 years after that. Drink from 2025-2038. 91-93 Pts

2022 La Conseillante – Pomerol – If you ever wondered what a chocolate, violet smells like, check out the perfume here. Dark, almost opaque in color, the wine is pure silk, and velvet on the palate. There is a sense of luxury, as well as approachability here. Viscous, deep, and concentrated, yet, also, light, elegant, sensuous, and multi-faceted, the finish, looks at the 60 second mark, and just keeps on going. This is hedonism at its best. 2022 is at the level of the perfect 2016, if not even better. This is what rock-star wine is all about. La Conseillante lovers should be all over this wine! The wine blends 87% Merlot with 13% Cabernet Franc, with 8% press wine. 14% ABV, 3.65 pH. The harvest took place September 5 – September 20. Yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2060. 98-100 Pts

2022 La Croix St. Georges – Pomerol – Quite floral in mature with a nice freshness to the red, pit fruits, the wine is supple, creamy, sweet and fresh. There is a lush quality to the silky fruits, as well as a a touch of spice, elegant-textures and a plummy, fruity-packed finish. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. 14.6% ABV, 3.7 pH. This is the best wine produced here in ages! Drink from 2026-2045. 93-95 Pts

2022 La Croix de Gay – Pomerol – Quite floral in nature, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe cherries, and juicy plums. Medium-bodied, soft, and elegant, with a touch of chocolate, espresso, and cherries in the finish, this will drink well on release. Drink from 2025-2038. 90-92 Pts

2022 La Fleur de Gay – Pomerol – Inky dark in color, the wine pops with its roses, chocolate and plummy aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is incredibly silky, plush and polished, The dark, deep, fruits are dense, as well as fresh, giving you a hedonistic thrill ride from the mid-palate through to the sensuous finish. The wine was produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2026-2048. 95-97 Pts

2022 La Grave Pomerol – Pomerol – Medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, and forward, with this vintage, the wine quickly focuses on its fresh, sweet, mildly spicy red pit fruits, and black raspberries with a dash of spice, and leafy freshness in the finish. The wine blends 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2023-2037. 91-93 Pts

2022 La Patache – Pomerol – Forward, soft, silky, and fresh, the medium-bodied wine is nicely framed around its core of plums, cherries, licorice, and chocolate on the nose, and on the palate. You can enjoy this wine on release, and over the next 12-15 years with pleasure. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts

2022 La Pointe – Pomerol – Sweet, cherries, plums, cocoa, violets, and spicy kirsch notes work perfectly with the wines, medium-bodied, core of red pit fruits, espresso and cocoa. The finish with with its silkiness holds your attention making you want to take another sip. Drink from 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts

2022 La Rose Figeac – Pomerol – Floral, fresh, medium-bodied, and fruity, with a light touch on the palate, the wine will be easy to enjoy on release, for all of its sweet, bright, red fruits on the mid-palate and in the finish. The fruit is clean, pure and elegant. Drink from 2025-2030. 89-91 Pts

2022 La Violette – Pomerol – Violets, incense, espresso beans, licorice and black cherries create the nose. On the palate, the wine is filled with layers of black, blue, and red fruits, supple creamy, polished textures, length and width. The wine was produced from 100% Merlot. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2027-2050. 94-96 Pts

2022 La-FleurPetrus – Pomerol – The complex aromatic profile offers smoke, licorice, violets, cocoa, and a myriad of red and black plums. As good as the nose is, it’s the sensuously-textured palate, with its waves of velvet-topped fruits that steal the show. The perfectly ripe, deep fruits provide length, lift, and complexity, with a lingering finish that keep you coming back for more. The wine blends 96.5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and .05 Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 1 – September 19. Drink from 2026-2050. 96-98 Pts

2022 Lafleur – Pomerol – Boysenberries, black raspberries, cherries, lilacs, violets, cocoa, and plum liqueur create the intoxicating perfume. Texturally, the wine meshes its viscosity, volume, density, opulence, and power with energy and lift. The levels of depth, and concentration here are are off the charts. The unctuous finish exceeds 60 seconds as it expands, builds, and coats your mouth, teeth and gums. It is important to note, that nothing is out of place, nothing is heavy. Everything is balanced and seamless. Like all great Lafleur vintages, this has almost unlimited aging abilities, yet the wine can be enjoyed after 5 years or so of bottle age. The wine blends 51% Cabernet Franc and 49% Merlot. 14.5% ABV, 3.8 pH. Harvesting took place from September 3 – September 17. Drink from 2030-2065. 98-100 Pts

2022 Lafleur Les Pensees – Pomerol – Deeply colored, the wine pops with flowers, orange rind, violets, black cherries, spices, and leafy tobacco in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied. with layers of fruits, spice, and herbs. There is freshness, intensity, wild cherries, spice, dark chocolate, and silky tannins with a salty edge. The wine blends 57% Merlot with 43% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place September 7 – September 17. Drink from 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts

2022 Lafleur-Gazin – Pomerol – With flowers, orange rind, cocoa, and plums in the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, forward, reserved, and classic with its textures and earthy, savory-edged, red pit fruit finish. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2023-2037. 90-92 Pts

2022 Lagrange-Pomerol – Pomerol – Soft, silky, medium-bodied, plums, spice, and cocoa with a smoky edge to the red pit fruits on the palate with its already easy-to-taste character. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2025-2035. 89-91 Pts

2022 LatourPomerol – Pomerol – Dark chocolate, licorice, smoke, flowers, cherry blossoms and plums create the aromatic profile here. On the palate, the wine is lush, creamy, sweet, and deep. The fruits are ripe, lifted and long. There is freshness, along with elegance in the silky finish. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2026-2047. 91-93 Pts

2022 Le Chemin – Pomerol – Chocolate-covered plums, flowers, and espresso make an appearance in the nose. Medium-bodied, round, polished, lush, sweet and fresh, you can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Made from 100% Merlot, 13.8% ABV, 3.75 pH. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts

2022 Le Gay – Pomerol – With a solid depth of color, initially you find flowers, espresso, licorice, black cherries, chocolate fudge and plum aromatics crowd into the nose. The sensations on the mid-palate, and finish mirror the aromatics as they flow over your palate. The ending is packed with waves of perfectly, ripe, elegant, black, red, and blue fruits that linger. The wine will require at least a few years of aging before it begins to really start to show its best. But, if you have patience, this is going to age for 2 – 3 decades. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% AB, 3.7 pH. Drink from 2027-2055. 96-98 Pts

2022 Le Gay Manoir de Gay – Pomerol – Medium-bodied, forward, and packed with fresh, sweet, dark red fruits, the wine is vibrant, and polished, ending with plums, and powdered cocoa on the backend. The wine is produced from 90% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2032. 90-92 Pts

2022 Le Moulin – Pomerol – Deeply colored, the first thing you notice is the smoke, toasted oak, espresso, chocolate, and plums. Round, and plush, with an oaky character to the fruit on the palate, the wine is supple, and long, but it needs the oak to become better integrated. Drink from 2026-2038. 89-91 Pts

2022 Le Pin – Pomerol – Quite floral in nature, it is the vivacious nature, sensuality, and freshness in the fruits that stand out. Picture, velvety-textured, black plums with dark chocolate, saffron, orange peel, cumin and black raspberries that caress and paint your palate with layers of fruit. There is a sublime sense of purity, paired with elegance and vivacity that sticks with you in the precise finish for close to 60 seconds. Produced from 100% Merlot, 14.4% ABV, 3.77 pH, the harvest took place September 6 – September 17. Yields were only 29 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2055. 98-100 Pts

2022 Lecuyer – Pomerol – Roses and violets, along with chocolate-covered plums are what you initially notice. But it gets better once you taste all of the sweet, silky, black cherries, plums, espresso, mint, and chocolate. Lush, silky, and most importantly, elegant, and fresh, this little known gem still sells for a song. But, not for long. The estate was recently purchased by Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, so you can expect the quality to rise, as well as the price. The wine blends 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.70 pH. Drink from 2025-2042. 92-94 Pts

2022 Maillet – Pomerol – Flowers, incense, cherries, chocolate and plums resonate in the nose, and on the palate. However, it is on the palate, with its creamy, rich, supple, fresh and silky freshness where the wine really shows best. Drink from 2024-2042. 93-95 Pts

2022 Mazeyres – Pomerol – Lush, round, and fruity, the wine is on the ripe side of the style range, with a hint of over ripeness in its layers of lush, dark, plums, figs, and black cherries, with their licorice, espresso, chocolate and slight raisin edge. Drink from 2025-2032. 89-91 Pts

2022 Monregard La Croix – Pomerol – Flowers, cherries, wet earth, and spice-box aromas blend perfectly in this soft-textured, medium-bodied with with its supple, cocoa-infused plums, espresso and black cherries. Forward, soft, and silky, with nice textures and fruits, the wine is going to be easy to like on release. Only 500 cases are produced each vintage. Drink from 2025-2040. 90-92 Pts

2022 Montviel – Pomerol – Plummy fruits, flowers, cherries, and cocoa aromatics line the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, and fruity, with a sweet, red pit fruit finish. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2037. 90-92 Pts

2022 Moulinet – Pomerol – Smoke, charcoal, plums, herbs, and flowers open the wine. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, sweet, and fruity, you can enjoy this elegant Pomerol on release. It is interesting to note that 8% of the wine was vinified with the stems Drink from 2025-2036. 90-92 Pts

2022 Nenin – Pomerol – With a dark hue, the wine pops with its plum, chocolate, flowers, and black raspberry profile. The wine is lush, rich, ripe, and dark, with black, red, and blue fruit, coffee bean, chocolate and spice. The wine is rich, full, concentrated, and long, with a sweetness and depth of flavor in the cherry-filled finish. The wine blends 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc.14.28% ABV. Drink from 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts

2022 Petit Village – Pomerol – Dark in color, the wine pops with its display of flowers, spearmint, blackberries, plums, and black cherries. Opulent, silky, fresh, vibrant, and long, the fruit expresses its ripe, black, blue, and red berries with purity, elegance, and a touch of peppery, spice , espresso, and dark cocoa in the energetic finish. The wine blends 65% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.14% ABV, 3.85 pH. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. Picking took place September 2, September 22.. Drink from 2026-2055. 95-97 Pts

2022 Petit Village Le Petit – Pomerol – Chocolate, plums, figs and blueberries open the round, lush, concentrated, wine. Ripe, sweet, and chocolately, there is a touch of heat in the dark, fruity finish. Drink from 2025-2035. 89-91 Pts

2022 Petrus – Pomerol – Violets, lilacs, roses and jasmine are in full-force before finding all the red, and black pit fruits. On the palate, it is the striking vibrancy, and intense concentration that is the story here. The purity in the fruits, depth of flavor, chalky tannins and endless waves of black and blue fruit stay put on your palate for at least 60 seconds. This is a unique style of Petrus which blends intensity and vibrancy with a purity of fruit and touches of chocolate . There is nothing out of place. The wine is perfectly balanced, seamless, and well, prefect. The success of the vintage is due in large part to waiting for the right moment to pick. With their deep, blue clay, they harvested September 1 – September 7, 14.5 ABV%, 3.63 pH. Yields were 20 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2030-2065. 98-100 Pts

2022 Pierhem – Pomerol – Licorice, cocoa and plums form the core of this medium-bodied, soft, easy to like, supple-textured, fruity wine. You can enjoy this easily on release. Drink from 2025-2035. 90-92 Pts

2022 Plince – Pomerol – Flowers cherries, plums, and licorice show in the nose and on the palate in this medium-bodied, forward, soft, open wine. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2034. 89-91 Pts

2022 Rouget – Pomerol – Medium-bodied, with notes of espresso, plums, and cocoa before you find the luscious layers of black and red pit fruits, silky tannins, and chalky finish with its white peppery edge on the back end. Drink from 2025-2042. 92-94 Pts

2022 Sacre Coeur – Pomerol – Violets, and roses along with plums and chocolate are all over the place on the nose, and round, soft, cocoa-infused, plummy palate. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts

2022 Saint-Pierre-Pomerol – Pomerol – On the floral side, the wine is elegant, supple, lush and polished, with layers of silky plums, dark chocolate, black cherries and licorice. Texturally, the wine offers layers of fruit, with refined tannins. The plummy finish is polished and fresh. Drink from 2025-2040. 92-94 Pts

2022 Taillefer – Pomerol – Soft, creamy, supple, and plummy, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant and with more sweetness, and flesh than usual. The freshness in the finish gives everything lift. This will be quite nice to enjoy in its youth and over the next 12 -15 years or so. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts

2022 Tour Maillet – Pomerol – Lush, open, forward, Pomerol that opens with lilacs, cherries, cocoa and espresso beans in the nose. The medium-bodied, richly-textured wine has a core of black and red plums, chocolate-covered cherries, espresso and licorice. Give it a bit of time for the oak to become better integrated, and it could score even higher. Drink from 2025-2040. 90-92 Pts

2022 Trotanoy – Pomerol – Lilacs, roses, citrus peel, Asian spice, smoke, espresso, chocolate, and red pit fruits create the intoxicating perfume. On the palate, the wine is equal parts, silk, velvet, lift, and opulence. The fruits deliver purity, persistence, vibrancy, and a velvet-drenched, textual mid-palate, and finish. The wine is deeply concentrated, intense, and light on its feet, making it effortless to drink. The seamless endnotes hold your focus for at least 60 seconds. The wine blends 96% Merlot with 4% Cabernet Franc. 14.7% ABV, 3.9 pH. Yields were were only 22 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place September 1 – September 19. Drink from 2028-2055. 97-99 Pts

2022 Vieux Chateau Certan – Pomerol – Dark in color, and equally dark in fruit, you already find truffles, violets, roses, lilacs, black plums cherries. The palate is sensuous, supple, and silky, with a vibrancy to the fruits, a mild of touch of salt, and a refreshing hint of mint that shines at the back end of the finish. Refined, and elegant, this is going to age and evolve for decades. The wine blends 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.4% ABV, 3.78 pH. The harvest took place September 6 – September 21. Yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2060. 97-99 Pts

2022 Vieux Maillet – Pomerol – Flowers, plums, and cocoa shine in the nose and on the wine’s soft-textured, fresh, medium-bodied palate. This will be easy to enjoy on release. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts

2022 Vray Croix de Gay – Pomerol – Deeply colored, the wine opens with flowers, black raspberries, herbs, cocoa, and plums in the nose. The palate is fresh, vibrant, and most importantly, silky, with its layers of sweet, ripe, soft, cherries, plums, and wet earth. There is a nice touch of powdered cocoa that comes in on the end-note. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% ABV. This is the first vintage produced entirely by the team that also own Calon Segur. Drink from 2025-2042. 92-94 Pts

Up next, we will cover all the 2022 Lalande de Pomerol wines followed by 2022 St. Emilion as we continue with the best Right Bank wines from the 2022 vintage.

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