Pomerol is one of Bordeaux's most famous and expensive appellations, home to Petrus, Lafleur and Le Pin (among others) is also one of France's smallest appellations. Just north of Pomerol is another Merlot based appellation with similar terroir, Lalande de Pomerol yet much more reasonable prices. Our current favorite is Vieux Cardinal. A firm and tannic wine that will become fine, structured and rich. Blackberry fruits come from the dominant Merlot in the blend, which is perfumed with Cabernet Franc. It is a ripe wine, juicy with acidity and finishing with a solid, concentrated aftertaste.