Tag: Pomerol

Merlot: rags and riches

It is widely grown around the world, and its wines range from the simple and juicy to the sublime and ethereal. But Merlot reaches its zenith on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, says Mark Pardoe MW. It would probably be faster to list the wine-producing countries where Merlot is not grown. This is a ubiquitous grape variety, […]

Bordeaux 2020: Pomerol

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director looks at Pomerol, based on a conversation with Fiona Morrison MW of Le Pin. At a glance: Pomerol in 2020 Hectares under vine: 800 Average yield: 40hl/ha in 2020 (43hl/ha in ’19); down 7% Significant […]

Bordeaux 2018: St Emilion’s success

Our team spent day two of their week tasting Bordeaux 2018 en primeur on the Right Bank, where St Emilion and Cabernet Franc’s renaissance stole the show

Right on: fresh and fruity

And so day one comes to an end. A day of flitting between Right Bank châteaux and tasting a lot of Merlot. 2010 was a very hot vintage and many areas were affected by drought, so over extraction has been an issue, with alcohol levels very high this year. This concentration has been evident in […]