Château Paloumey 2013
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The 2013 winter, particularly rainy, was characterized by a 25 % rainfall increase compared to the average of the last 30 years.April initiated a dry and sunny spring as well as the beginning of the vegetative cycle. Hopes for a mild spring did not last though. Both May and June were marked by cool, rainy days and by a sun shortage delaying the flowering and provoking coulure in some Merlot plots.
The sun and summer temperatures arrived early July and even if the rain slightly continued, the South of Médoc did not suffer from hailstorms. The sun prevailed the first days of September reducing the vintage’s delay until rain returned at the middle of the month.
The 2013 harvest required a constant adaptation to the weather forecast; the ripening monitoring and the expertise of our winemaking team contributed to the success of this one of a kind vintage. Yields are unfortunately low.
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The Wine Enthusiast 90/100 (3/01/2016) In 2013, the producers have managed to highlight good fruit and dry tannins that also sustain the juiciness. The wine is still firm and will take a while to develop, so wait until 2018.
Decanter April 2014 15.75/20pts (85+/100pts) Fresh but still quite grippy fruit, has depth to mature - Steven Spurrier
Antonio Galloni 85/88 An exuberant, flashy wine, the 2013 Paloumey hits the palate with racy red berries, pomegranate, spices and wild flowers. The style is decidedly racy and opulent for the year, but it all works very nicely. There is plenty to like here.
Cabernet Sauvignon 55%
Cabernet Franc 3%