Bordeaux Right Bank - Saint-Emilion, Pomerol & other Bordeaux


Bordeaux Right Bank - Saint-Emilion, Pomerol & other Bordeaux


 

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aint-Emilion and Pomerol are the two great names associated with the Right Bank but there are an increasing number of well-priced, exciting wines emerging from the other ACs. It is also interesting to note that these are all red wine appellations. Saint-Emilion itself is the driving force in terms of volume and accounts for some 40 per cent of all wines produced here. As a result it’s not surprising that there is a wide variation in quality and very diverse terroirs, some exceptional and some, particularly in the southern plains of the AC, distinctly ordinary, with heavy productive soils. Many of Bordeaux’s major developments in vinification techniques and the influence of consultant winemakers have their origins in Saint-Emilion. Pre-fermentation cold soaking (or maceration), malolactic fermentation in barrel and micro-oxygenation are now practiced all over the world.

Saint-Emilion’s Classification has been revised a number of times in recent years. There are 18 Premiers Grands Crus Classés with four A-rated properties, Ausone and Cheval-Blanc, joined by Angélus and Pavie in 2012 and 14 B-rated, including newly promoted (in 2012) La Mondotte, Canon La Gaffeliére, Valandraud, Pavie Macquin and Larcisse-Ducasse, as well as 64 properties rated Grand Cru Classé. There have been major investments in recent years in both vineyards and cellars, resulting in some highly priced wines made in very limited quantities. The most notable of these has been La Mondotte, produced at Canon-La-Gaffeliére. Many other tiny-production wines or vins des garagistes have also emerged. Some have been very impressive, but others are over-extracted and they have generally been pretty expensive.

Saint Emilion wine country

Pomerol, in contrast, continues to provide some impressive and startlingly opulent wines, full of dark and spicy fruit, generally supple and more approachable than many of the other top wines in Bordeaux. Inevitably there are exceptions to the rule and these tend to occur where there is a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon planted or the soil has more gravel. Pomerol’s clay soils suit Merlot very well and provide this uniquely exotic style. Pomerol’s wines can also be some of the priciest anywhere on the globe. There has been investment and development here but not on the scale of Saint-Emilion’s. The lower tier of the appellation, though, can disappoint. The odd wine of distinction is also beginning to emerge from the lesser Saint-Emilion satellite ACs, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, Montagne-Saint-Emilion, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion and Saint-Georges-Saint- Emilion, as well as Lalande-de-Pomerol.

To the north-west of Libourne are the areas of Côtes de Bourg and Côtes de Blaye. The former produces reds, some decent and some very impressive while dry whites are produced in the latter. To the immediate west of Libourne are Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac. Good, stylish, well-made darkfruited styles have been produced here for a decade or so. To the east of Saint-Emilion are the Côtes de Castillon and Bordeaux-Côtes de Francs. Again these are areas of great potential and the best wines are still well-priced, if becoming less so.

Between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers is a substantial vineyard area comprising some nine appellations. Geographically and physically by far the most important is the Entre-Deux-Mers, an appellation devoted to dry whites. A number of properties here are also producing good AC Bordeaux red. The appellation is all about maximising modern white winemaking with some good results, using pre-fermentation skin contact, ageing on lees and, in the more expensive wines, limited barrel-fermentation and ageing with new wood as well. Some well-priced wines have been availablefor some time now. Vibrant red and rosé is made in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, just to the east across the Garonne from the city of Bordeaux, and there are good sweet wines on the eastern bank of the river at Cadillac, Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. In the far east is Saint-Foy-de- Bordeaux, where there are reds as well as dry and sweet whites.

 

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Blaye
Ch. Bel-Air La Royère
Bordeaux
Essence de Dourthe
Ch. de Bois Pertuis
Excellence de Bois Pertuis
Clos Nardian
Girolate
Ch. Thieuley
Bordeaux Côtes de Francs
Ch. des Francs
Ch. Marsau
Ch. Puygueraud
Bordeaux Supérieur
Balthus
Ch. Gree Laroque
Ch. Le Pin Beausoleil
Ch. Reignac
Canon-Fronsac
Ch. Canon-de-Brem
Ch. La Croix Canon
Ch. Haut Mazeris
Ch. Moulin-Pey-Labrie
Côtes de Bourg
Ch. Falfas
Ch. Fougas
Ch. Roc de Cambes
Côtes de Castillon
Dom. de L’A
Ch. d’Aiguilhe
Ch. Ampélia
Ch. Cap de Faugères
Ch. Joanin-Bécot
Ch. de Laussac
Clos des Lunelles
Clos Puy Arnaud
Ch.Veyry
Entre-Deux-Mers
Ch. Bonnet
Ch. Tour de Mirambeau
Fronsac
Ch. Barrabaque
Ch. Richelieu
Ch. La Dauphine
Ch. Fontenil
Ch. Haut-Carles
Ch. Haut-Mazeris
Ch. Moulin-Haut-Laroque
Ch. de La Rivière
Ch. La Rousselle
Ch. Les Trois Croix
Ch. La Vieille-Cure
Ch. Villars
Lalande-de-Pomerol
Ch La Fleur de Boüard
Vieux Ch. Gachet
Ch. Grand Ormeau
Ch. Haut-Chaigneau
Ch. La Sergue
Loupiac
Ch. Dauphiné-Rondillon
Lussac-Saint-Emilion
La Croix De Peyrolie
Montagne-Saint-Emilion
Ch. Faizeau
Ch. Gachon
Pomerol
Ch. Beauregard
Ch. Bonalgue
Ch. Le Bon Pasteur
Ch. Bourgneuf-Vayron
Ch. Certan-de-May
Ch. La Clémence
Ch. Clinet
Clos du Clocher
Ch. La Comm. de Mazeyres
Ch. La Croix du Casse
Clos L’Église
Dom. de L’Église
Ch. La Conseillante
Ch. La Croix-De-Gay
Ch. L’Église-Clinet
Ch. L’Évangile
Ch. Fayat
Ch. Feytit-Clinet
Ch. La Fleur-Pétrus
Ch. Franc-Maillet
Ch. Gazin
Ch. Le Gay
Ch. Hosanna
Ch. Lafleur
Ch. Latour-À-Pomerol
Ch. Montviel
Ch. Le Moulin
Ch. Petit-Village
Ch. Pétrus
Ch. Le Pin
Ch. Rouget
Ch. Taillefer
Ch. Trotanoy
Vieux-Château-Certan
Ch. Vieux-Maillet
Premières Côtes de Blaye
Ch. Haut-Bertinerie
Passion du Prieuré Malesan
Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
Ch. Carignan
Ch. Carsin
Ch. Mont Pérat
Ch. Reynon
Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion
Ch. La Mauriane
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Ch. L’Archange
Ch. Armens
Clos Badon
Ch. Bellevue-Mondotte
Ch. La Bienfaisance
Clos Fourtet
Gracia
Ch. Les Grandes Murailles
Ch. Les Gravières
La Gomerie
Ch. Laforge
Le Dôme
Les Astéries
Ch. Lucie
Ch. Lusseau
Lynsolence
Ch. Magdelaine
Magrez-Fombrauge
Ch. Moulin Saint-Georges
Ch. Peby-Faugeres
Ch. Prieuré Lescours
Ch. Riou De Thaillas
Ch. Rol Valentin
Ch. Tertre-Rôteboeuf
Ch. Teyssier
Ch. Sansonnet
Clos de Sarpe
Virginie de Valandraud
Saint-Emilion GCC
Ch. Angélus
Ch. L’Arrosée
Ch. Ausone
Ch. Beau-Séjor-Bécot
Ch. Beauséjour
Ch. Bellevue
Ch. Berliquet
Ch. Canon
Ch. Canon-La-Gaffelière
Ch. Chauvin
Ch. Cheval-Blanc
Ch. Clos des Jacobins
Ch. La Clotte
Ch. La Couspaude
Ch. Côte de Baleai
Ch. Dassault
Ch. Destieux
Ch. La Dominique
Ch. Faugères
Ch. Figeac
Ch. Fleur-Cardinal
Ch. Fombrauge
Ch. Franc-Mayne
Ch. La Gaffelière
Ch. Grand Corbin-Despagne
Ch. Grand-Mayne
Ch. Les Grandes Murailles
Ch. Grand-Pontet
Ch. Larcis-Ducasse
Ch. Laroze
Ch. Monbousquet
La Mondotte
Clos de L’Oratoire
Ch. Pavie
Ch. Pavie-Decesse
Ch. Pavie Macquin
Ch. Quinault
Ch. Quintas
Clos Saint Martin
Ch. Tertre-Daugay
Ch. La Tour Figeac
Ch. Troplong-Mondot
Ch. Trotte Vieille
Ch. de Valandraud
Sainte-Foy Bordeaux
Ch. Hostens-Picant
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