Pomerol is the smallest wine producing area in Bordeaux however although it is tiny, Pomerol is famous world over. The vineyards are located 19 miles north east of Bordeaux and 2 miles from the city of Libourne on a slightly rolling plateau, that slopes gradually towards the Isle river valley and its confluence with the Dordogne. The vineyards cover 1976 acres and produce sumptuous, exuberant wines which are constantly sought after.
Although Pomerol has never had its Châteaux officially ranked in the 1855 Classification it is home to some of the most famous of wines – Château Pétrus, which is unofficially grouped with the Premier Grande Crus (First Growths) of Bordeaux.
Terroir and Grapes
Soil in Pomerol is a unique, outstanding geological phenomenon. The topsoil is made up of gravel that varies in compactness, with layers of clay and sand. The subsoil includes iron oxide, locally called "crasse de fer". This soil, combined with a special micro-climate, accounts for the personality of Pomerol's wines. Pomerol runs from north west to south east, rising to a height of about 140 feet above sea level at its highest point, then falling away towards Saint Émilion.
Merlot accounts for 80% of vines planted, with the remainder divided between Bouchet or Cabernet Franc (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). This high composition of Merlot in their blends means that the wines are considered the gentlest and least tannic and acidic of Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Franc helps to contribute to the dark, deep colouring that is typical of Pomerol wines.
Pomerol's wines are smooth, rich and velvety with an intense plummy fruitiness. The wines are gentle with a lush ruby colour and an elegant bouquet. Due to the reduced tannins found in these wines they can typically be drunk much younger than other red Bordeaux although they are at their best when the bottle reaches 15 years old.