This week is all about Pomerol, the tiniest and one of the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux. Spread over around 800 hectares (only 0.7% of Bordeaux's vineyards) on the right bank of the Gironde river, Pomerol benefits from rich clay soils, ideal for Merlot. This grape represents as much as 80% in the whole area (15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon). Pomerol wines are quite unique: they generally combine a beautiful finesse - often compared to Burgundy reds - with typical structure and length from Bordeaux. They are sensual and supple with rich fruit flavours, soft tannins and a true elegance. They also have the advantage to be ready to drink young, while becoming incredibly complex when ageing. Although Pomerol has an old tradition of winemaking, it is only in 1982 - probably the most perfect vintage ever - that its reputation really took off. This was thanks to Robert Parker, who brought the appellation into global spotlights. It is often argued that Robert Parker made Pomerol!
We have also included a couple of bottles from Lalande de Pomerol, the "satellite" appellation next to Pomerol. Only slightly bigger (1,100 hectares) with similar soils and climate, it offers a good alternative to highly priced Pomerol with delicious and fruity wines. They are great value; give them a try as well!
Did you know? Pomerol is the only main Bordeaux appellation which is not classified, but is home to the 3 most expensive wine of Bordeaux: Petrus, Le Pin and Lafleur.