Clos Beauregard Pomerol
The six hectares of vines covering the beautiful property of Clos Beauregard run across the lower stretches of Château Beauregard, to which the Clos was attached up until the 1930s. The 40-year-old vines, their condition a testament to excellent farming, are mostly planted to Merlot. It is elaborated with the high precision demanded by the finest wines. The canopy for all plots is managed by thinning the east side to enable the grapes to reach full maturity and development. When ripe, the grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in a traditional Bordeaux-style in temperature-controlled vats. This beautifully structured wine reveals its full character as it matures in new French oak casks. Since the 2011 vintage, Clos Beauregard has been supported by the enological expertise of Michel Rolland and his team Since the 2011 vintage.
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.