Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2002

2002 produced a mixed bag of wines in what was an irregular year due to damp, cold conditions, with the best wines offering finesse, structure and refreshing acidity. Like 2004, it was not a year for up-front, blockbuster wines, and the finest wines came from the Médoc, as Cabernet Sauvignon fared better than Merlot.

A cool spring meant poor flowering and subsequent coulure and millerandage (poor fruit set resulting in small and varied size grapes respectively), particularly with the more fragile Merlot grape, and a cool, wet summer brought the constant threat of rot in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Bordeaux growers say that June makes the quantity of grapes and September the quality, and a cool June kept yields low, while lovely weather throughout September and October turned a potentially poor year into a good one.

As for pricing, like 2001, it is a great year for wine drinkers to secure a bargain rather than investors, especially when compared with the stratospheric pricing of vintages from 1995-2000. However, the wines are not as charming as 2001.

Bordeaux’s dry whites also had a goodish year, being crisp and fruity in style, while Sauternes had a good, strong year once again, with d’Yquem showing why it is one of the world’s finest wines. 

The wines

It was a tricky year in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, where Merlot suffered in cool, damp conditions. However, thanks to a warmer end of the growing season, many producers managed to save their crops and created rounded, fruity wines on the right bank, yet relatively low in tannin. Saint-Émilion marginally outperformed Pomerol.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2002

2002 produced a mixed bag of wines in what was an irregular year due to damp, cold conditions, with the best wines offering finesse, structure and refreshing acidity. Like 2004, it was not a year for up-front, blockbuster wines, and the finest wines came from the Médoc, as Cabernet Sauvignon fared better than Merlot.

A cool spring meant poor flowering and subsequent coulure and millerandage (poor fruit set resulting in small and varied size grapes respectively), particularly with the more fragile Merlot grape, and a cool, wet summer brought the constant threat of rot in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Bordeaux growers say that June makes the quantity of grapes and September the quality, and a cool June kept yields low, while lovely weather throughout September and October turned a potentially poor year into a good one.

As for pricing, like 2001, it is a great year for wine drinkers to secure a bargain rather than investors, especially when compared with the stratospheric pricing of vintages from 1995-2000. However, the wines are not as charming as 2001.

Bordeaux’s dry whites also had a goodish year, being crisp and fruity in style, while Sauternes had a good, strong year once again, with d’Yquem showing why it is one of the world’s finest wines. 

The wines

It was a tricky year in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, where Merlot suffered in cool, damp conditions. However, thanks to a warmer end of the growing season, many producers managed to save their crops and created rounded, fruity wines on the right bank, yet relatively low in tannin. Saint-Émilion marginally outperformed Pomerol.

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  1. Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, 2002

    Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, 2002

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2017
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Stephen Tanzer

    "Sweetly oaky and lush in the mouth, with mellow flavors of plum and game. An utterly singular wine with impressive opulence and palate coverage." Stephen Tanzer

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