Tuesday, November 28, 2023

LeDomduVin: Pomerol Trio

Pomerol Trio

These 3 wines tasted great at the UGCB HK 2023. They represent the diversity of the "terroirs" of Pomerol. Each has their own character and personality while still uniquely expressing Pomerol.

Pomerol is Bordeaux's smallest Appellation, with about 150 producers and approximately 750 hectares of vineyards, and yet it is probably one of the most prestigious, especially on the Right Bank.

Receiving its AOC status in 1936 as part of the first wave of AOC established by the INAO ("Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité," previously called "Institut National des Appellations d'Origine"), the Appellation rose to fame in the second half of the twentieth century, with a handful of wines led by "Petrus".

Although Pomerol wines may command high prices in the wine market, there is no official classification for them, unlike the classified growths of Bordeaux.

The wines of Pomerol are produced predominately from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, planted on sandy clay marl layered with gravel for most of the Pomerol plateau.

Within the Pomerol region, a small area of about 20 hectares is known as the "bouttonière" ("buttonhole"). This area is unique because it contains blue clay (called "molasse") that sits on a band of sand rich in iron deposits known as "crasse de fer" or "machefer".

UGCB Pomerol Map with Petrus added

Petrus vineyards cover over half of the hectares of this unique soil, imparting complexity and depth to its wine. However, other châteaux such as La Conseillante, L'Évangile, Lafleur, @chateaugazin, Trotanoy, Clinet, Le Gay, Haut Ferrand, and Vieux Château Certan also have small portions of their vineyards benefiting from this soil.

There is another boutonniere of blue clay without iron deposits located northwest of Petrus. Vineyards planted on this second boutonniere include Chateau L'Eglise-Clinet, Clos L'Eglise, @chateaulacabanne, Nenin, and Trotanoy.

Although @chateaulebonpasteur is planted on clay gravel, gravel, and sand, its quality is undeniable and often matches its neighboring "blue clay" peers.

Drink Pomerol!

Cheers! Santé!


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