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To all Wine Exchangers,
Pomerol, home to some of the world’s greatest wines such as Petrus, Lafleur, Le Pin, Vieux Chateau Certain, La Conseillante and so on…But with all the great names just mentioned, and for that matter not mentioned (as there are many more), there are still a few secrets hidden within the borders of this tiny appellation and we’re going to give you one now.

Did you know that Pomerol is the smallest of the major fine wine regions in Bordeaux?  It covers an area barely two miles wide by three miles long. It is roughly one-seventh the size of its much larger Right Bank neighbor, Saint-Emilion, and is on par with the smallest Left Bank commune of Saint-Julien in the Medoc.  So, when you run into an outstanding value that received 94 points and sells for under $30 from this heralded appellation, you take serious note.

Chateau Bel-Air is actually quite a large property by Pomerol standards, covering about 30 acres and located next to such great chateaux as Clinet, Feytit Clinet and La Cabanne. It wasn’t until the estate hired Stephane Derenoncourt (him again!) to come in and completely revamp things that quality began to really improve.  First thing was to work the vineyard.  Since the terroir was already there, it was changing the farming practices to sustainable as well as de-leafing and green harvesting to get more concentration out of the fruit.  Then at harvest, everything is now done by hand with sorting in the vineyard as well as the chai before fermentation in traditional cement vats which are thermoregulated.  After fermentation, the wine is aged for 18 months in both French oak and concrete tanks.  The reason for concrete is that Stephane wants to retain the freshness of the fruit and in 2015, he did just that!
This wine is stunning for the money and is the epitome of how great this vintage is in Pomerol as well as the rest of Bordeaux.  It exhibits a big, sweet nose of blackberries, black currants, licorice, smoke and forest floor. The lovely perfume is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine displaying sweet, velvety tannins as well as an endearing silky structured finish. 

James Suckling loved the wine and writes: Dark plums, gently toast spices and dark, stony, graphite-like aromas here. The palate has an extremely fluid, charming feel with dark plums and chocolate in terms of flavors. Really supple and effortlessly long. Try from 2022. 94 Points.

Think about it… When was the last time you saw a Pomerol with 94 points that sold for well under $30 dollars?  I can’t remember and I’ve been doing this for a long time!  This is a beautifully made wine you can drink now or throw in the cellar for a few years and it does it all without breaking the bank!  A textbook Winex deal if we’ve ever tasted one….
Bel-Air Pomerol 2015
94 Points!  Dark plums, gently toast spices and dark, stony, graphite-like aromas here. The palate has an extremely fluid, charming feel with dark plums and chocolate in terms of flavors. Really supple and effortlessly long. Try from 2022. - James Suckling, February 2018
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