Pomerol is a French wine-growing commune and Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) within the Libournais ("Right Bank") in Bordeaux. The wine produced here is predominately from Merlot with Cabernet Franc playing a supporting role. Unlike most other Bordeaux communes, there is no real village of Pomerol, although there is a church. The houses are set among the vineyards. The region was recognized as a distinct wine region apart from Saint-Émilion and the greater Libournais region by the French government in 1923 and was granted AOC status in 1936 as part of the first wave of AOC establishments by the Institut national de l'origine et de la qualité (INAO). While it is now one of the most prestigious of the Bordeaux AOCs, this situation is relatively recent, dating to the second half of the twentieth century, which is often given as one of the reasons why Pomerol is not included in any of the Bordeaux classifications.
Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012
An enticing red, with lots of black tea, dried star anise and singed mesquite notes leading the way, while supple plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors form the core. A ganache edge adds texture and length on the finish, which shows some good latent grip. Best from 2017 through 2025. 2,000 cases made.
90 pts. Wine Spectator
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Château la Croix du Casse, Pomerol 2012
Lots of underlying iron and earth notes dominate this dense ruby/purple wine, which also has plenty of cassis, black cherry and spice. It is chunky, masculine, medium to full-bodied and robust. It should benefit from several years of bottle age and last 15 or more.
90 pts. Robert Parker