East of Libourne
By Jane Anson
This Guide was last updated on 14 May 2010
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Address: 33500 Pomerol
Tel: 05 57 51 15 33 Fax: 05 57 51 42 39
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 44:55:55N (44.93190) Longitude: -0:11:39W (-0.19413)
With Pétrus almost on one side and Saint Emilion’s Cheval Blanc on the other, this illustrious estate could hardly ask for a better location. Owned by the Nicolas-Artefeuille family since the late 19th century, it is now the fifth generation who governs the same 12ha of vines as were bought nearly 150 years ago. The building is handsome rather than spectacular but there’s a nice tasting area at the front, with upright barrels and exposed stone walls. The young director, Jean Michel Laporte has introduced plenty of modern techniques, from co-innoculation to micro-oxygenation, and this wine rightly deserves its reputation as one of the most exciting in Pomerol.
Useful information: Free tour and tasting strictly by appointment only. Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. English and French spoken.
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