This is one of my favorite wines from Pomerol.  They have gotten crazy expensive over the years and this was probably the last reasonably priced vintage.  2002 was not a great vintage.  What is good about it though is that the wines drank well in the short term and were evenly good if not great.  This bottle is at peak right now or maybe just shy.  It will probably stay there for another few years, so if you own any, be thankful and drink up.  It won't get better and depending on the bottle, may start to fade.  Purple in color.  The nose has dark cherries, chocolate, slight spice and a bit of tobacco.  On the palate, this has some tannins left.  There is some cherry fruit left but also starting to show some dried cherries.  Layers of complexity.  Good finish.  Just a great showing right now.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
2018

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