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Pomerol

The smallest of the important Bordeaux communes, Pomerol certainly punches far above its weight in terms of impact and reputation.  Home to such fames Chateaux as Petrus, Lafleur, Le Pin, Trotanoy, Vieux Chateau Certan, l'Evangile and many others, I suspect part of the region's renown comes from the relative scarcity or rarity of these wines.  pomerol-vines.jpg

There is less than 800 hectares under vine in Pomerol, smaller than any other commune in Bordeaux, with total land area less than 12 km2 and with more than 150 producers simple maths dictates that average property size is very small.  Merlot accounts for the vast majority of plantings, with most having a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and occasionally a few percent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Despite the fact that it is a small commune, there are distinct differences in soils, and consequently quality and style within Pomerol.  The best properties occupy a band of clay-rich soil on the 'higher' ground (bearing in mind, it's a pretty flat area generally) referred to as the 'plateau'.  Virtaully all of the best properties are located here, and it is this area that produces the greatest wines.

Pomerol tends to be firmer and more powerful that many expect, although the wines should not be hard or overtly structured.  They tend to have lifted, compelling perfume and a silken structure.  And they are surprisingly long-lived.

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