Henri Enjalbert, in his site The Great wines of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac, helps his readers to understand the unique character of Pomerol’s terroir*. This region is blessed with an ideal microclimate and exceptional geographical conditions: compact or sandy gravel on the surface and a subsoil containing iron oxide. No official classification exists in Pomerol, but there is an accepted ranking led by Château Pétrus. The order is not fixed—Pomerol’s producers have a healthy spirit of competition which can only be beneficial to the AOC. With crus such as Vieux-Château-Certan, La Conseillante, Nénin, La Pointe, Clos René, de Sales, and Vieux Maillet to choose from, wine-lovers are spoiled for choice.
Pomerol wine can surprise those who taste it for the first time: it brings together the finesse of the Médoc and the generosity of Saint-Émilion. It is this combination of qualities that gives the wine its character. After aging for a few years it reveals all its splendor and demands the full attention of nearly all the senses: sight for its brilliant, velvety, and dense color; smell for its exquisite and subtle aromas of small berries, truffle, and violet; taste combined with touch when in the mouth it unveils its silky body and the roundness of its flesh.
Poujeaux (Ch.) Bordeaux Wine Region
In the sixteenth century Château Poujeaux belonged, under the name Salle de Poujeaux, to Gaston de l’Isle. It was on the property of Tour Saint-Mambert (now known as Château Latour). Renamed Château Poujeaux, it belonged to the Castaing family until the death of Philippe Castaing in 1920, when it became the property of François Theil. The name of his son, Jean Theil, has appeared on each vintage since 1947. Jean Theil used all his talent to unite the three Châteaux Poujeaux, and to re-establish the single property that existed before 1880. When he died in 1981, two of his sons, Philippe and François, took over this Moulis Cru Bourgeois. The latest equipment is used for the vinification. Maceration time varies from four to six weeks and the new wine is matured in Bordeaux oak casks, half of which are renewed each year. Chateau Poujeaux belongs to the Bordeaux Wine Academy* and the Union des Grands Crus.