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After St. Emilion, the next important region in the Bordeaux Right Bank is Pomerol. 

The Area

  • Pomerol is located within the Libournais area in Bordeaux, like St. Emilion
  • It is considered the smallest of the fine wine regions in Bordeaux, with 3 km X 4 km diameter
  • Annual production around 400,000 cases
  • Only red wines are produced
  • Pomerol does not have co-operatives, and has around 200 known producers 

The Terroir

  • Compared with the Medoc region, Pomerol experiences more of a continental climate
  • There is sharper variation in temperatures between different seasons, as well as day/night time
  • Rainfull also fluctuates a lot during the seasons
  • The soil is quite diverse with a combination of gravel, sand and clay

The Grapes

  • Pomerol produces predominantly Merlot grape
  • Cabernet Franc is the secondary grape, giving the wine more ageing potentials
  • The average proportion of Merlot in Pomerol wines is rather high, usually from 70% to 80%

Style of Wines

  • Pomerol wines are sometimes described as velvety, with elements of concentrated ripe plum
  • In the mouth, it has a more creamy and buttery feel than wines from St. Emilion
  • Compared with Medoc wines, Pomerol gives less acidity and tannins
  • Some wine experts consider Pomerol wines requiring shorter ageing period than the Medoc counterparts; with 12 years for the more premier chateaux already being sufficient

The Influence of Jean Pierre Moueix

  • Jean Pierre Moueix and his family have been attributed to raising the fame of Pomerol in the international arena and also in renowned auctions
  • They own many chateaux including Petrus, Trotanoy, La Fleur Petrus, Hosanna, Latour a Pomerol

Wines from Pomerol

  • Pomerol does not have any official classification of its wines
  • In 2001, Master of Wine Clive Coates and Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan had tried to rank Pomerol wines into 3 to 4 Classes, versus the 5 Growths according to the 1855 Medoc Classification

In the next issue, we will explore some of these famous chateaux and their wines.

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