Lalande-De-Pomerol

Lalande-de-Pomerol is an appellation of the Bordeaux wine region in south-western France. It covers red wines that are produced just to the north of the more prestigious Pomerol appellation, in the area east of Bordeaux known as the Libournais.

The wines of Lalande-de-Pomerol are made predominantly from Merlot, but may also contain Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. As with most of the right-bank appellations, it is the approachability of Merlot that makes these wines so popular in the modern marketplace.

The two main villages of the appellation are Lalande-de-Pomerol and Néac. The vineyards around Néac are planted on soils that have a clay element as well as the gravelly component that is distinctive in Pomerol. Merlot grows more successfully on this type of soil, so it is here that the better Lalande-de-Pomerol wines are produced. The soils around Lalande are sandier and more alluvial in nature (being closer to the Isle and Dordogne rivers), leading to a greater concentration of Cabernet grapes, which prefer free-draining soils.

The same Barbanne stream that divides Saint-Émilion to the south-east from its less-prestigious satellite appellations, here separates Pomerol from the less important Lalande-de-Pomerol. Rivers are of great significance in this part of Bordeaux – defining appellation boundaries, moderating the climate and dictating the make-up of the region's soils.

The stellar success of Pomerol has stimulated viticultural activity and new investment in Lalande-de-Pomerol. It remains to be seen whether the title will enjoy the success of its famous neighbour to the south.
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