A mythical appellation
Pomerol’s surface is of only 800 hectares which makes it one of the world’s smallest appellations. It includes above all the communities of Libourne and Pomerol.
The appellation was founded in the 11th century by the fraternity of the “Hospitaliers de Saint Jean de Jérusalem” and it is the only one without an hierarchical classification. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was dwarfed by Saint-Emilion mainly because it did not possess the necessary means of communication nor access to harbours. The construction of the Libourne-Paris line and merchants from La Corrèze that travelled from door to door all over France, finally allowed wine lovers to discover the strong character of this wine that is often called the “Burgundy from Bordeaux”.
The royal grape Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on soils of extreme variety (gravel and silica, clay, fine and sandy gravel or deeper down gray sand and iron dross) that build a geological puzzle. The wines that are produced here are of a deep, intensive and dense colour and have very diverse character; they are at once strong and enormously fine, thus reminding us of red Burgundy wines.
The most prestigious AOC wines of Rive Droite, the Garonne’s right riverside, are located in Pomerol’s vineyard. Among these châteaux we find Pétrus, La Conseillante, Le Pin, Lafleur, l’Evangile and Vieux Château Certan.