Lalande de Pomerol lies just north of Pomerol across the little Barbanne stream. The soils are richer here with more clay and a cooler climate due to the proximity to the Dordogne River. Until 1928, wine growers here could label their wines as Pomerol but when the boundaries were created, this was no longer possible. The official appellation was granted in 1954. The top wines from this appellation can still rival the wines of Pomerol, especially those grown in the sandy soils near the town of Libourne.
Like Pomerol, the principal variety is Merlot here (75% of the planted vineyard) and the best vineyards are found in the commune of Néac, whose church spire can be seen for miles around. Here deep soils of clay and gravel provide very good growing conditions. With almost 1, 100 hectares of vines in the appellation it is a little larger than Pomerol.
Lalande de Pomerol has some well-known estates and several of Bordeaux’s most famous Right Bank producers have vineyards here.