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Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac are a pair of value-oriented appellations located on the Right Bank and north of Libourne.

Similar to Pomerol and St.-Émilion, they share a border and are located north and south of each other. But in this pair, the northern appellation, Fronsac, is the larger.

That said, they are both quite small and are just now gaining recognition for providing quality and value.


Climate and Soils

The climate is weak maritime although the ocean influence is greater than it is farther inland in Pomerol and St.-Émilion. The soils are a mix of limestone, sandstone and clay. Top vineyards tend to be on blends of clay and limestone.


Regional Character

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