Pomerol & St.Emilion

To the east of the Gironde estuary are the red wine appellations of Pomerol and St Emillion.

Pomerol is home to the most expensive wines of Bordeaux, with Pétrus leading the pack. They are popular because of the rich, opulent texture that the top wines may exhibit. Part of this is down to the Merlot grape which dominates the blend, this variety thriving on the clay soils of the region, unlike the gravelly soils of the left bank which favour the Cabernet Sauvignon. Our recommendations: Vieux Chateau Certan, la Conseillante, le Bon-Pasteur, la Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy. Good value from the likes of Clos René and Mazeyres.

Right next door is St-Emilion. Like Pomerol, this is a Merlot-dominated wine. Unlike Pomerol, there is an attempt at classifying the properties. The great benefit St. Emilion 1996 Classification is that it is regularly reviewed. Our recommendations: l’Angelus, Ausone, Tertre-Rôteboeuf, Troplong-Mondot, Pavie-Decesse, Pavie, Cheval-Blanc, Rol Valentin. Good value from Teyssier, Clos de l’Oratoire, Fonroque, Clos des Jacobins, Larmande, Grand Corbin Despagne and la Dominique.

As well as these two famous names, to the north there are some satellite appellations that are worth mentioning as they offer good value. These are Lalande-de-Pomerol, Lussac-St-Emilion, Montagne-St-Emilion, Puisseguin-St-Emilion and St-Georges-St-Emilion. Our recommendations: Plaisance (Montagne-St-Emilion).