France, Pomerol

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Pomerol is a highly respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region in the south-west of France. Unlike the majority of Bordeaux, (Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Saint-Emilion), Pomerol does not utilize a formal wine classification system.

Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines smooth and approachable in their youth. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. There is a very high demand for this style of wine on the international market and Pomerol wines are much sought after – particularly because they are also relatively long-lived.
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  1. CHATEAU NENIN FUGUE DE NÉNIN POMEROL 2015
    The Second wine of famous Estate Chateau Nenin. Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château’s vineyards, as well as from the young ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  2. CHATEAU NENIN FUGUE DE NÉNIN POMEROL 2009
    The Second wine of famous Estate Chateau Nenin. Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château’s vineyards, as well as from the young ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  3. CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY 2009
    Château La Croix de Gay is managed by Alain Raynaud and Chantal Lebreton. The Lebreton family is an historic line of Pomerol winemakers that began their trade in 1772 but first arrived in the village way back in in 1477. The ... Learn More
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  4. CHATEAU CLINET 2015
    A particularly dark and concentrated wine here, with a deep purple-black hue right out to rim. The fruit is just explosive, with creamy vanilla tinges on top of dark, macerated fruit skins, all plum and damson and cherry, with a ... Learn More
    CHATEAU CLINET 2015
    $350.00 Per item
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  5. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2017 ARRIVING MARCH 2021
    "This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine!" write James Suckling in 2017 upon trying this wine ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  6. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2012 ARRIVING MARCH 2021
    Maturity: Drink 2013-2028 (For laying down). 11% Cabernet Franc and 89% Merlot. ... Learn More
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    Tim Atkin MW
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    Robert Parker
  7. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2008 ARRIVING MARCH 2021
    An exquisite bouquet of incense, raspberry jam, kirsch, licorice, and hints of black olives as well as flowers. This broadly perfumed Pomerol exhibits sensational purity, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and outstanding elegance and finesse. ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
  8. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2016
    "This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine!" write James Suckling in 2017 upon trying this wine ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Neal Martin
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    James Suckling
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  9. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2018 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    abulously situated alongside Cheval Blanc and L'Evangile, this property has a long track record of making outstanding wine that is never forced or over-extracted. Purchased by Louis Nicolas in 1871, it has remained in his family's ownership ever since. 11.8 hectares planted 83% ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  10. VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN 2017
    Composed of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Vieux Château Certan sports a deep garnet-purple colour. No mincing about, the bouquet absolutely prances out of the glass with stunning scents of candied violets, chocolate-covered cherries, roses and eucalyptus ... Learn More
  11. CHATEAU LA FLEUR-PETRUS 2010
    A back vintage release from one of our key European suppliers, this wine has been exported direct from the Negociant cellar in Bordeaux. Nose of apple wood, cherry, sandalwood, black tea, and plum notes. Smooth, deep, and a step up ... Learn More
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  12. VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN 2016
    "The 2016 Vieux Château Certan is a wine of extraordinary beauty. Rich, seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it exudes sensuality in all of its dimensions." - 97-100 points, Antonio Galloni "It’s a wine that seduces you with every ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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    Jancis Robinson
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  13. CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE 2005 ARRIVING MARCH 2021
    "The fruit is forward and precocious, but there is enough stuffing, structure, and density for the wine to evolve for 20-25 years." 96 pts Robert Parker ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Jeb Dunnuck
  14. CHATEAU PETRUS 1971
    The panoply of exotic aromas and flavors typically encompasses black raspberry, mulberry, iron, cocoa powder, truffle and expensive new oak. Petrus bottlings are generally 100% Merlot, although some vintages will contain 2-3% of Cabernet Franc. The vineyard itself is planted to 95% ... Learn More
    CHATEAU PETRUS 1971
    $7,000.00 Per item
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  15. CHATEAU PETRUS 2016
    The 2016 Pétrus just coats the tongue right away with alluring raspberry and loganberry fruit, full of spice aromas and a gorgeous anise streak. A black tea note echoes through the finish, which is broad and rich yet defined and, ... Learn More
    CHATEAU PETRUS 2016
    $7,500.00 Per item
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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    Jeannie Cho Lee MW
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  16. CHATEAU PETRUS 1990
    The 1990 Petrus remains incredibly young, one of the least evolved wines of the vintage (along with Montrose and Beausejour-Duffau). This dense ruby/purple-colored effort is beginning to hint at the massive richness and full-bodied intensity lurking beneath its wall of ... Learn More
    CHATEAU PETRUS 1990
    $12,000.00 Per item
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    Jeannie Cho Lee MW
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