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 grape varieties

Red

Merlot
The principle grape variety in this region accounting for around 80% of the vineyard plantings. It thrives better on these soils which have a higher clay content than soils on the left bank. Produces supple wines that develop earlier.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Added to most red blends, it has a less important role here and can be difficult to ripen on these cooler, damper soils.

Malbec
Occasionally used as a blending ingredient, but sparingly.

Cabernet Franc
Often called Bouchet it is a lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon and gives the wines finesse.


White

Sauvignon Blanc
Main grape for the dry white wines.

Sémillon
Used in white wine blends, both sweet and dry.


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