The smallest of the most important Bordeaux appellations, Pomerol has rightfully earned its place as one of the prestigious AOCs on this area of France. Pomerol invitations exploration, set aside by its give attention to authenticity. Indeed, there’s a greater focus of smaller, family-owned and operated vineyards, and fewer grand monuments or huge estates. And but the wines from Pomerol are solely gaining in prominence, changing into among the many most sought-after Right Bank reds.
Located about 28 miles (45 km) from the middle of Bordeaux within the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area of France, Pomerol covers roughly 1,800 acres (728 ha) on the fitting financial institution of the Dordogne. Many of the area’s 150 wine producers make comparatively modest quantities—round 1,000 circumstances per 12 months—with the perfect vineyards located on the so-called “plateau,” a clay-rich space dotted with pockets of gravel. The vineyards are planted primarily with Merlot, which is well-suited to the terroir, though one additionally encounters Cabernet Franc in blended reds.
“Styles vary, from Michel Rolland’s rich, full-bodied wines to the more elegant collection created by the Moueix family,” says Chris Munro, Head of Department, Wine, at Christie’s London. “The type of wine produced is often a result of picking dates—the later the grapes are harvested, the more alcohol and richness in the resulting wine.”
Older vintages, when yow will discover them, give immense pleasure
For these in seek for stellar châteaux, Munro suggests searching for Petrus (owned by the Moueix household) in addition to Le Pin, Lafleur, La Conseillante, L’Eglise Clinet, and Vieux Château Certan.
“To the north, one can encounter bottles of value and earlier drinking windows—wines such as Clos René and de Sales offer a great return on investment. Recent classic vintages to explore are 2001 and 1998. Older vintages, when you can find them, give immense pleasure. Be sure to look out for 1982, 1975, and 1964 when they appear.”
Munro’s prime decide is a Château Lafleur 1996, a six-bottle case of which achieved $2,328 at Christie’s New York on June 15, 2018.
Dining, ingesting, and staying
Though small in scale—Pomerol doesn’t have a central village or city at its core—there is no such thing as a scarcity of locations to go to in Pomerol and the communes close by.
The surrounding space boasts glorious eating places: three have no less than one Michelin star. Guests of the two-star La Table de Plaisance on the Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion are handled to the fragile, technical prowess of chef Ronan Kervarrec, whose Breton origins are blended with the superior Aquitaine produce to create one thing magical. There’s a picturesque terrace overlooking Saint-Émilion’s cobbled streets and tiled roofs for an apéritif, than transfer inside to the elegant eating room for the meal itself.
Not starred, however fairly presumably probably the most visually pleasing, is La Terrasse Rouge at Château La Dominique, a brooding Jean Nouvel-designed restaurant with a roof terrace. And La Table de Catusseau, set amid the châteaux of Pomerol, is run by chef-owner Kendji Wongsodikromo and his spouse, Nadège. A easy open stonework eating room belies Wongsodikromo’s expertise within the kitchen, the place he makes market-fresh components into dishes impressed by his native New Caledonia, north of New Zealand.
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The most interesting lodging within the Bordeaux area could be discovered at Les Sources de Caudalie, a spa property that appears somewhat like a rustic village, clustered round a lake and surrounded by vines. Within the rustic-style buildings are the Caudalie Vinothérapie spa, the place pioneering grape-based remedies are provided; the two-Michelin-starred La Grand’Vigne, run by world-renowned chef Nicolas Masse; the extra casual La Table du Lavoir bistro; the Rouge wine bar; and the French Paradox lounge.
Living in Bordeaux
Beyond investing within the wine itself, there are alternatives to amass winery properties within the Bordeaux AOC, together with these with tools, winemakers, and advertising groups in place.
Michael Baynes, co-founder of Vineyards-Bordeaux, the unique affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate within the area, says the realm instantly adjoining to Saint-Émilion and Pomerol is especially attention-grabbing.
“These small appellations are known together as the satellites of Saint-Émilion. Their geography and microclimates are almost identical to Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, and they even co-opt these famous words into their names; for example Lalande de Pomerol or Montagne Saint-Émilion. At the moment they are undervalued, but on the move.”