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 wine styles

Reds

The Pomerol wines with their lush plump fruit and elegant structure drink well at five years old, but the best may also age for as long as a great Médoc. The sandier soils in the west produce lighter wines, while in the eastern region, separated by the Barbanne River, Lalande-de-Pomerol wines have a distinctive hint of mineral although they have less concentration than Pomerol. Wines from Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac are soft, round and fruity with light tannins age for up to about ten years old. Oak aged in both new and used barrels, these wines develop more quickly than those of the left bank due to the high Merlot content in the blend. The ‘Rolland Revolution’ has swept through this region with force. Michel Rolland not only has his own winemaking properties here but acts as consultant for several others. These wines have a more modern, bigger, riper character.

Whites

Only basic dry whites are produced here.

Rosés

Bordeaux clairets and rosés are made by macerating red grape varieties for a short time. Both are fresh and fruity, clairets have a more intense colour.

Sparkling Wines

Crémant de Bordeaux is mainly white with a little rosé, generally Brut. It can offer good value for money.

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