Situated northwest of its Right Bank neighbor Saint-Émilion, this appellation can produce some of the most powerful, deeply colored, Merlot-dominant wines with seductive aromas and silky tannins. It is made up of three main soil types: clay, sand and gravel. Clay lends concentration and power; sand improves aromatic intensity; and gravel adds finesse. Most estates in Pomerol have some combination of these three soils leading to beautifully complex, age-worthy wines. 

It is a fraction of the size of Saint-Émilion, a mere 800ha compared to 5,311ha with just one-fifth the number of growers. Unlike the Médoc, Graves and Saint-Émilion, it has no classification system though the AOC still regulates yields, vine density, minimum alcohol, etc.  

Though Pomerol lacks the charming, cobbled streets of Saint-Emilion and beauty of its limestone plateau, this relatively uninspiring landscape can produce some of Bordeaux’s most sought-after wines. The best will see violet, forest floor, and truffle aromas with time in bottle and can age 20-40 years.