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Lalande de Pomerol wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Lalande de Pomerol is a wine appellation in the Bordeaux region of France covering the communes of Lalande-de-Pomerol and Neac. The appellation was first established in December 1936 and is reserved for still red wines. It is situated on the right bank of the Dordogne River immediately above the Pomerol appellation. It covers 1138 hectares and produces about 50,000 hectolitres per annum.
Wines can be made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot (Malbec) and Merlot. Carmenere and Petit Verdot may be used but must not exceed more than 10% of the blend. Merlot is the grape most favoured in this area.
Wines from this appellation are characterised by the deep ruby red colour and velvety texture provided by the Merlot which thrives in the clay and sand soils here. The soils also have a significant quantity of iron called 'crasse de fer' by the locals which contributes to the minerality of the wine.
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