Château La Fleur de Boüard
Head north through Pomerol, past famous names such as Vieux Château Certan, Petrus and Château Lafleur-Gazin, and as you approach the edge of the appellation the road begins to descend the sandy slopes of the Barbanne, the course of which defines the limit of the Pomerol vineyard. Once across the water the road climbs steeply once again, and vines quickly reappear. But this is no longer Pomerol, as these vines are in Lalande-de- Pomerol, one of the right bank’s ‘satellite’ appellations.
Rather as the St Emilion satellites such as Montage-St-Emilion mirror the terroir of their grander neighbour, the crags of desirable Calcaire de Castillon dotted over the deeper Molasses de Fronsadais, here in Lalande-de- Pomerol the soils tend towards gravel and clay, a reflection of what can be found further south, in Pomerol. Certainly this is the case in the eastern of the two eligible communes, known as Néac. To the west, beyond the arrow-straight D1089, lies the commune of Lalande-de-Pomerol itself, and here the land slopes gently downwards towards the Isle. Underfoot there are terraces of galets and gravel, and also sand, much of which is perfect for viticulture. And indeed, visitors here soon find themselves driving through a sea of vines belonging to less familiar châteaux.
Continue on along our original route from Pomerol, past Château Siaurac on the right, one of the appellation’s grander and best known châteaux and part-owned by François Pinault of Château Latour since early 2013. Pretty soon, just before a small hamlet named Bertineau, a quick left-turn will take you onto the approach road to Château La Fleur de Boüard, a domaine which is perhaps usurping Château Siaurac’s preeminent position in this appellation.