Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


RIGHT BANK: THE LIBOURNAIS

On Bordeaux's Right Bank, Libourne is the main city. It is located just north of the Dordogne River, about 20 miles upstream from the Gironde estuary.

The vineyards that stretch north and east of the city are collectively called the Libournais. They include the appellations of

Pomerol
St.-Émilion
Fronsac
Canon-Fronsac

These appellations are the focus of this module.

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Pomerol and St.-Émilion are the stars here, but Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac also make some noteworthy wines.

In the Libournais, there is more clay in the soils although there's still plenty of gravel and limestone. The additional clay makes the soils cooler and moister.

To compensate, many of the top vineyards are found on warmer, south-facing slopes.

Another result is that the Merlot grape, which...

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