Regions and Appellations France Bordeaux Pomerol

Pomerol Wine

Pomerol is a much-respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France. Both historically and physically, it stands apart from other Bordeaux appellations. It does not conform to the accepted image of a Bordeaux wine district as being a wealthy, long-established, château-laden area, with an all-important (if slightly outdated) classification system. Pomerol is none of these things, yet has managed to earn itself a place among the world's most revered wine region.

Pomerol has no formalized wine classification system (as do the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Saint-Émilion), and has risen to its current glory in a relatively short space of time. While the appellation was barely acknowledged in the middle of the last century, wines like Petrus and Le Pin now command higher prices than many cru classé properties in the long-established Médoc.

The Heart of Pomerol
(?CIVB/Philippe Roy)

Pomerol is located in the east of the Bordeaux region, near Saint-Émilion, in the area known as the Libournais – the town of Libourne sits just to the south of Pomerol. While most appellations are named after a village or town within their boundaries, Pomerol has no such epicenter. It is an unchanging 800-hectare (2000-acre) gravel bank, which rises and falls by only 20 meters (65ft).

The south and west of the appellation have sandier soils compared to the slightly heavier soils in the east, which include a certain proportion of clay. It is in this eastern section, on the marginally higher land where Pomerol meets Saint-Émilion, that the best wines are produced. Three of the most highly regarded Pomerol producers – châteaux Pétrus, Lafleur and Le Pin – are located here.

Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines rich, smooth and approachable at an early age, while also being capable of extended aging. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. These characteristics mean Pomerol wines are much sought after on the international market.

The prevalence of Merlot has its risks for Pomerol, as it does for neighboring Saint-Émilion. Merlot is an early-flowering variety and is susceptible to spring frosts. In the season of 1991, for example, spring frost damaged a large proportion of Pomerol's vines. In fact this only served to increase the market value, where demand already far outweighed supply.

Pomerol's place in the international wine world is secure for some time to come, given the continuing increase in demand for prestigious wines and the limited production of this small, quality-focused appellation.

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Most Popular Pomerol Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Petrus, Pomerol, France Merlot 6th 96 $3,603
Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 57th 95 $259
Chateau Lafleur, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 87th 96 $907
Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 94th 93 $252
Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 99th 94 $223
Le Pin, Pomerol, France Merlot 119th 95 $3,582
Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 124th 92 $124
Chateau L'Evangile, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 136th 94 $247
Chateau Trotanoy, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 139th 94 $259
Chateau L'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 165th 94 $269
Chateau Gazin Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 198th 92 $100
Chateau Latour a Pomerol, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 359th 92 $107
Chateau Nenin, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 451st 91 $82
Chateau Hosanna, Pomerol, France Cabernet Franc - Merlot 545th 93 $179
Clos L'Eglise, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 572nd 91 $114
Chateau Certan de May de Certan, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 580th 91 $120
Chateau Le Gay, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 602nd 92 $128
Chateau Rouget, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 796th 90 $59
Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 825th 90 $57
Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 830th 91 $86
Chateau de Sales, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 838th 88 $39
Chateau Petit Village, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 860th 91 $82
Chateau La Violette, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 1,028th 93 $296
Chateau Beauregard, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 1,058th 90 $64
Chateau Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol, France Bordeaux Blend Red 1,077th 91 $74
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