The Pomerol appellation has never had an official classification, it does not appear in the official classification of the great wines of Bordeaux of 1855. We therefore propose today a classification of Pomerol wines made by us. This one is therefore not official, it allows on the other hand to have a good approach of the work of its castles since 20 years. The principle is simple, the wines are judged on the average of their Robert Parker scores over the last 21 vintages. We will therefore judge the average of the wines from 1995 to 2016 and we will present you the first 20 castles of Pomerol which will be the best ranked.
Ranking of the best Pomerol wines- Marked by Robert Parker
N°1: PETRUS- 95/100
Petrus, owned by Établissement Jean-Pierre Moueix, is a wine estate in Pomerol, near Bordeaux. The vineyard covers 11.5 hectares and produces about 30,000 bottles per year. Unfortunately, the wines of Pomerol have never been classified. However, Petrus is recognized as one of the finest wines in Bordeaux, just like the first great classified growths. Undoubtedly the most prestigious wine in France. Prestige reinforced by the small number of bottles placed on the market in relation to demand. It is necessary to remember the miraculous conjunction of an exclusively clayey soil and a good exposure to describe the phenomenon that is Petrus. There is no need to dwell on the concentrated harvesting method over three or four afternoons to avoid morning dews. The prodigy is measured in the bottle and at the price of wine on the markets.
N°2: CHÂTEAU L’EGLISE CLINET- 94,6/100
Emblematic Bordeaux wines. Château L’Égliset-Clinet began in 1882. Today, the great winegrower, visionary and talented, Mr. Denis Durantou developed the vineyard at the top of the AOC Pomerol. Recent vintages have been a success story after success. The vines are planted on a clay and gravelly-clay soil. The vinification is carried out to perfection, with rigour and precision. A classic and modern spirit at the same time, these are great wines for ageing, which require at least 10 years before returning to the golden age. A great hope, a lot of potential and passion for this beautiful castle.
N°3: CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR- 94,6/100
Château Lafleur is a Bordeaux wine from the Pomerol appellation. The vineyard is located on the right bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Pomerol in the Gironde department. Like all the wines produced in this appellation, Château Lafleur is not classified, but is considered one of the great wines of the region. Located a few hundred meters from Pétrus. Reasoned control is one of the great convictions of the Château, they wish to produce grapes with passion and respect for the environment.
N°4: CHÂTEAU LA VIOLETTE- 94,4/100
The average of this château is considered over the last 10 vintages, since it has belonged to the Péré-Vergé vineyards. A small property in the heart of Pomerol, a dream terroir. The Château owes its rebirth to the late Catherine Péré-Vergé. The latter also owned the castles Le Gay and Montvie. A woman of temperament and a passionate about great wines. Today, La Violette continues to charm the greatest wine lovers. These are fruity, deep and tasty wines that are ideal for long ageing.
N°5: CHÂTEAU LE PIN- 94,18/100
Château Le Pin is a Bordeaux wine from the Pomerol appellation. The exceptionally small estate is located on the Gironde estuary on the right bank of the commune of Pomeroldans, the hamlet of Catusseau and its wine is often one of the most expensive red wines in the world. The vineyards extend over 5 hectares (2.0 ha) of sandy gravel gravel on a limestone bedrock, with a 100% Merlot grape variety, the vines having an average age of 38 years. Typically, 600 to 700 cases are produced per year, although in 2003, no wine was produced due to drought and heat waves this year.
N°6: CHÂTEAU HOSANNA- 94,15/100
This small property, admirably located on the plateau of Pomerol, is adjacent to the most famous vintages of the appellation: Château Lafleur to the north, Château Pétrus to the east and Vieux Château Certan to the south. Acquired in 1999 by the Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix from the Giraud family, it corresponds to the highest part of the former Château Certan Giraud.
N°7: CHÂTEAU TROTANOY- 93,36/100
Château Trotanoy is a wine estate located in Pomerol. It covers 14 hectares of vineyards and produces this illustrious vintage at a rate of around 48,000 bottles per year. Château Trotanoy was acquired in 1953 by Établissements Jean-Pierre MOUEIX, which has since been in operation. Wine lovers make this wine the viceroy of Pomerol – it is the star of Vieux Château Certan. Half of it is composed of clayey-gravelly and clayey soil, which gives the wine a perfect balance between power and elegance.
N°8: VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN- 93,09/100
With a surface area of 14 hectares in one piece, the Vieux Château Certan vineyard is divided into 23 parcels managed independently according to the type of soil, the grape varieties planted and the age of the vines. With a wide variety of nuances, the soils are composed of a very clayey part planted mainly with Merlot (70%), a clayey-gravelly part planted with Cabernet Franc (25%) and a very gravelly part planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). Relative to the surface, the average age of the vineyard is 50 years. These old vines, combined with the microclimate of the Pomerol plateau, allow an optimal ripening of the different grape varieties.
N°9: VIEUX CHÂTEAU L’EVANGILE- 93,04/100
The “Léglise” family, originally from Libourne, is at the origin of Château L’Évangile. It actively participated around the middle of the 18th century in the creation of the Pomerol vineyard. The Gospel then appeared on the 1741 cadastres under the name of Fazilleau. In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L’Évangile from the Ducasse family, concerned to ensure continuity of care and sustainability for the farm. The influence of DBR (Lafite) is reflected first of all in a more refined selection of the great wine and the creation of the Blason de L’Évangile as a second wine. The effort also focuses on the health of the vines with a restoration and partial renewal plan initiated in 1998. The complete renovation of the vat room and cellars, completed in 2004, enabled the estate to finalize its new configuration.
N°10: CHÂTEAU CLINET- 92,27/100
Château CLINET is one of the most prestigious estates in the Pomerol wine region, located among the most beautiful parcels of this well-known plateau. Located 40 km east of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Garonne, its clay gravel soil makes Pomerol the best Merlot terroir in the world. The natural resources required by the estate allow the production of grapes of exceptional quality, which cannot be reproduced anywhere else on earth. Successive generations of owners have been producing world-class wines for centuries and, since 1998, the Laborde family has had the privilege of perpetuating the prestige of the estate. They brilliantly respect standards, respecting traditions and the cultural approach.
N°11 : CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR PÉTRUS- 92,09/100
The Jean-Pierre Moueix establishments have been managing the château since 1953, this vineyard extends over 14.5 hectares. It is classified among the best wines of Pomerol and it is a real sweetness in the bottle. This wine has some essential characteristics: elegant, supple, silky and sensational sweetness. Many experts will tell you, La Fleur-Pétrus is a first choice guide to lead your taste buds to the height of satisfaction.
N°12: CLOS L’EGLISE – 91,85/100
Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard took over the property in January 1997 at Clos De l’Église. Located on the hillside, at the break of the famous Pomerol plateau. The 6 hectares of vines with 57% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc, 36% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon on clayey-gravelly soil with iron drosses that give the Pomerol wine its particular character.
N°13: CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE – 91,81/100
It is one of the greatest forgotten lords of Pomerol, a great classic of the appellation that brings together all its characteristics. Louis Nicolas’ successors – Francis and Bernard – had the intelligence to combine tradition and modern winemaking methods. Thus, the vat room has been refurbished and equipped with the latest technological refinements; on the other hand, no filtering is allowed, and the wine is matured in new barrels, the proportion of which is determined by the quality of the vintage.
N°14: CHÂTEAU GAZIN – 91,77/100
Château Gazin is the largest of the best vintages in Pomerol, with a vineyard of 26.26 ha on clayey-gravelly soils on the plateau. The output is 80,000 bottles per year. The owner is Nicolas de Bailliencourt, who produces, with passion and regularity, an exceptional wine in a classic style, which ages incredibly well, a great wine to keep.
N°15: CHÂTEAU FEYTIT CLINET – 91,16/100
A smaller estate than the others on Pomerol, but for a little more than ten years, this grand cru has been one of the largest in the Pomerol appellation. A superbly located gravelly clay soil, close to Clinet and Latour. In addition to this, there is a great man, Jérémy Chasseuil, who has been managing the estate since 2000 and takes care of the vinification with talent and passion. Distinct and deep wines whose respect for the fruit is evident in the taste.
N°16: CHÂTEAU LATOUR AT POMEROL – 91,07/100
This vintage is managed by the Moueix establishments. It is located in the heart of the AOC Pomerol plateau, on characteristic soils, between clay and gravel. The vines are planted on two plots, one near the church of Pomerol, on gravel soils, the other on lighter soils. This castle has incredible, exceptional potential. He has already produced extraordinary wines, equaling, deep and competing with many of Bordeaux’s great classified growths.
N°17: CHÂTEAU LE BON PASTEUR – 90,09/100
In this unitary whole that is Pomerol, a multitude of micro-local peculiarities can be discovered. The uniqueness of Château Le Bon Pasteur – with a total surface area of 6.7 hectares – is that it is located on the border of the two great terroirs, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. Unlike the great castles of the Médoc, the vineyard is not in one piece but spread over 21 registered parcels. This mosaic of identities gives the wine all its complexity: density of colour, delicacy of the bouquet, softness of the Pomerols, but also a generous and full-bodied character borrowed from the Saint-Émilions.
N°18: CHÂTEAU LE GAY – 90,54/100
This vineyard is also managed by the Péré-Vergé establishments. Catherine Péré-Vergé has carried this property very high on the Pomerol appellation. Associated with the great oenologist Michel Rolland, and with all his attention paid to the vine, this great vintage has undergone a metamorphosis, evolved, to reach an unprecedented quality. The vinification is carried out entirely in barrels and offers generous and modern wines, for the greatest enthusiasts and lovers of fleshy Pomerols. It is now Mr. Henri Parent, the son of Catherine Péré-Vergé, who manages the estate with brio.
N°19 : CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR DE GAY – 90,03/100
The vineyard of Château La Fleur de Gay extends for the totality of these two hectares on the high terrace of Pomerol. The three parcels of the Château La Fleur de Gay vineyard; La Fleur, Gay and Groupey; with their geological or edaphological differences (agrological, pedological) represent three complementary and synergistic expressions in the blending of this terroir with “exceptional viticultural aptitudes” that constitutes this high terrace of the Gunz, “the oldest and highest terrace in Libourne (38 to 40 metres above sea level)”.
N°20 : CHÂTEAU DE MAY CERTAN – 88,45/100
Of Scottish origin, May’s family settled in France in the Middle Ages and, as a reward for their courage, was offered the Fief de Certan by the King of France. One of the very first vineyards in Pomerol, the château was managed by the De May family until 1925 when it was acquired by the Barreau family. Located on the upper part of the Pomerol plateau and enjoying a south-east exposure, Château Certan de May is surrounded by illustrious neighbours such as Vieux Château Certan and Château La Fleur-Pétrus. The wine owes its great complexity to the clay and gravelly soils on which the vines, with an average age of 35 years, are planted: clay brings power and gravel brings elegance. The balance of Château Certan de May wines illustrates the unique complementarity of these terroirs. The vineyard, perfectly managed by the Barreau family and vinified with the help of Michel Rolland until 2012, then Jean-Claude Berrouet since the 2013 vintage, is recognised worldwide.