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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Pomerol, small but distinctive wine region in Bordeaux producing opulent and glamorous red wines dominated by the Merlot grape. Although challenged by their counterparts in its much larger neighbour st-émilion, Pomerol’s most successful wines are some of the world’s most sought after, but the glamour attaches to the labels rather than the countryside.

Pomerol is produced from a steady 800 ha/2,000 acres of vineyard on a plateau immediately north east of libourne that is as geographically unremarkable as the médoc, but without even any buildings or historical landmarks of note. A confusing network of narrow lanes connects about 150 smallholdings, most of which produce only a few thousand cases of wine a year in one of the world’s most monocultural landscapes.