The Term de Fronsac, at the highest point of this area, has been inhabited for many centuries. Under Charlemagne, an impressive fortress was built, which long protected the locals from barbarian invasions.
Henry IV made Fronsac the centre of his dukedom. On the ruins of the fortress, which was destroyed in 1623, the Duke of Richelieu-who was also Duke of Fronsac-built a charming Italian folly, where elegant, witty parties were held. As a result of these, many of the country's most important figures came to think highly of Fronsac's wines.
Because of their particularly favorable locations, their terrou", and a microclimate extremely well suited to wine-growing, six towns (Fronsac, La Riviere, Saint-Cermain-la-Riviere, Saint-Michel-de-Fronsac, Sainr-Aignan, and Saillans) plus some parts of Galgon benefit from the specific Fronsac AOC.
This is a very big name for such a small french winegrowing area of only 800 hectares. Wine-growing here takes place on a small area with a ferruginous soil. The soil varies greatly: it is sandy in the vicinity of Libourne, gravel-bearing sand and clay to the west, gravel-bearing clay in the centre, and ravelbearing sand to the north. Despite this variety of soils the French wines of Pomerol are clearly all offspring of the same family.
The French wine Pomerol is at the same time full, powerful, and supple, and very fruity with blackberry, cherry, raspberry, and plum dominant, sometimes tending towards preserved or dried fruit in the best years. Other recognisable aromas in top Pomerols include violet, iris, vanilla, spices, toast, game, leather, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, liquorice, and sometimes also cinnamon (Petrus), and truffle.