Pomerol is the youngest of the great Bordeaux appellations: it only celebrated its rise to the top at the beginning of the 20th century. It is separated from Lalande de Pomerol by a small river, the Barbanne.
Pomerol is located in the north-east of Saint-Emilion. With some 800 hectares of vines, Pomerol has the smallest area of all the major Bordeaux appellations. It is home to some of the most expensive wines in the world: Pétrus, Le Pin, Evangile ... Lalande de Pomerol (1,100 hectares) is the natural continuation of Pomerol.
The best wines grow on a barren plateau of sand and gravel with inclusions of ferruginous loam. At the edge of the plateau the sand content increases, and in some places the loam soil comes to the surface. The soils of Lalande are made up of gravel mixed with sand and loam. They are overall somewhat heavier and richer than those of Pomerol.
Merlot clearly dominates in both Pomerol and Lalande: it accounts for a good 80% of the cultivated area. The second-most-important variety is Cabernet Franc, followed by Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
After maturing for a few years the wines that grow on the actual gravel plateau are characterized by a particularly distinguished, delicately spicy bouquet and the perfect balance of full-bodiedness and breeding. Elegant, well-balanced, sweet and fruity wines from the marginal zones are a pleasure to drink even when quite young. The wines from Lalande are powerful and down-to-earth.
Best age for drinking
4-8 years for basic wines and vintages,8-30 years for top wines and vintages.