Monthly Archives: April 2011

Pomerol on the move

Summer has come early to Bordeaux, taking primeur tasters by surprise and turning minds to wine tourism with new oeno-tourism initiatives in the air. Pomerol is one of the smallest of the most prestigious appellations in Bordeaux with only 800ha shared between 150 estates. The small average size, at only 5ha, and no classification have conferred an image of exclusivity to this corner of the right bank. This is changing with some new open-door initiatives.
Some Chateaux, such as Petit Village belonging to the Axa Millésime stable, and Chateau Beauregard, have long been open to visitors. They both belong to an association called ‘Pomerol Seduction’ grouping together 9 producers of the appellation that organise joint tastings, open days for their properties and even a gift package of 9 WIT tasting tubes from the properties in a partnership with trendy Parisian perfumer Annick Goutal. So if you can’t make it over for a visit you can always pick up a tasting kit on the Vins Fins website
As of February the syndicate of the Pomerol AOC are opening their doors on the 1st Saturday of every month. With a morning’s tasting from different growers followed by a visit to a property in the afternoon their objective is to show that, despite it’s small size, Pomerol offers a complexity and variation in style reflecting the different terroirs of the appellation and how they influence the expression of Merlot, the dominant variety of the appellation.
Chateau de Sales is the largest and most spectacular Pomerol property, dating back to the 17th century and still in family ownership. They have taken the initiative together with a group of other chateau from the appellation, to create ‘Pomerol Oeno-tourisme’ offering Discovery days ranging from a visit of one or 2 properties to a complete 18km discovery rally through the vineyard with a series of clues leading you to a surprise and tasting which can even include a food and wine tasting lunch at Château de Sales. Keen to make it a family day out, children are welcome with a special grape juice tasting – got to keep those future consumers happy!

The ultra modern cellars at Petit Village show Pomerol is perhaps
not as traditional as you thought.

Biodynamics on show during the en primeur tastings

Hosted by one of Bordeaux’s leading Biodynamic producers, Alan Moueix of Château Fonroque, Classified growth of Saint Emilion, Biodyvin, the biodynamic wine producers association have taken advantage of the primeurs tastings in Bordeaux this week to show wines from 40 of their producers.
The wines are from as far afield as the Rhone and Burgundy to Champagne and the Languedoc. Amongst the famous names, such as Chapoutier and Domaine Cazes, were lesser-known producers only 6 of which were from Bordeaux. Not everyone is showing his or her 2010; many producers from other regions do not offer their wine ‘en primeur’ and are happy to show wines from bottle ready to drink.
Created in 1995 the association has 73 members all under 100% biodynamic cultivation and all participating in a certification process organised by ECOCERT allowing them to use the BIODYVIN label on their bottles.

The cellars of Château Fonroque as a biodynamic show case