France: Bordeaux

Pomerol and Fronsac

East of Libourne
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 14 May 2010
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Main appellations

Pomerol

Small AC, covering 750ha, for red wines. Unlike the other Bordeaux fine wine appellations, there is no further classification system. Exclusively for red wines.

Lalande-de-Pomerol

Surrounding the village of the same name, these vineyards cover a larger area than Pomerol. Exclusively for red wines.

Fronsac

AC for red wines produced from six communes northwest of Libourne. Exclusively for red wines.

Canon-Fronsac

Only wines from the communes of Fronsac and Saint-Michel de Fronsac are entitled to this appellation. Exclusively for red wines.

Bordeaux

Generic appellation for reds, rosés and whites (mostly dry) for the whole region and, along with Bordeaux Supérieur below, is the only AC permitted for whites and rosés within the Pomerol and Fronsac regions. In addition, some reds may on occasions be declassified to this appellation, or of course, if the château owns vineyards outside the communal ACs it will use ‘Bordeaux AC’ for the blend.

Bordeaux Supérieur

Covering the same area as the basic Bordeaux AC but with an extra half degree of alcohol and lower yields.

Crémant de Bordeaux

A very small amount of sparkling wine is made under this appellation. The majority of grapes must be from the main Bordeaux varieties and 100% from the Bordeaux AC area. The Traditional Method (bottle fermentation) is used.

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