Pomerol Wine Region Guide

Where Bordeaux's Hidden Gems Captivate the Hedonist in You


Last updated: June 10, 2024


Pomerol is something of an anomaly in the Bordeaux hierarchy of venerable wine regions. While the Medoc and St-Emilion place much value and emphasis on their classification system, Pomerol has always gotten by without one. Moreover, there is no long tradition of large estates in Bordeaux’s most enigmatic and beguiling appellation; châteaux are small family affairs subject to change as individuals come and go.

Yet its sought-after wines can fetch a higher price than the much larger First Growths of the Medoc, and an astonishing number of boutique properties for an area no bigger than St-Julien is widely agreed to be among the best in Bordeaux.

Its renown is based on Bordeaux’s gentlest, richest, most velvety, and hedonistic red wine – white grapes are not permitted in Pomerol, although white styles were made well into the 19th century. Merlot is the predominant grape variety, with Cabernet Franc playing a supporting role. Good Pomerols have deep color without the marked acidity and tannin that often go with it, ripe-plummy, even creamy smell, and sometimes a great concentration of all their qualities: the essence of great red. Pomerol is a wine for the hedonists among you. Its sensual charms are irresistible.


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