Lalande-de-Pomerol is a satellite commune of only 2,500 acres of vineyards located just north of Pomerol. The vineyards, which produce only red wine, are planted on relatively light, gravelly, sandy soils with the meandering stream Babanne, as the appellation’s southern boundary. The wines of Lalande-de-Pomerol possess similar characteristics as those of Pomerol at a fraction of the price. They are produced to the same high standards, but mature faster than most Pomerols and offer a slightly lighter version of the same rich, elegant and plummy flavor.
As in Pomerol, most estates are small and sell their wine directly; this is why most consumers have never heard of this marvelous satellite region. An up-and-coming star of Lalande-de-Pomerol, Léon Nony, produces exquisite examples of the most tremendous values available. His primary wine, Château Garraud, was recently mentioned by Decanter Magazine as one of the top values in Bordeaux.