Lalande de Pomerol lays among some of the most notable vineyards in Bordeaux, but yet few have heard of the appellation, or the noticeable wine that is being produced by Château Siaurac and Néac.
If you were producing wine near Pomerol and just to the north of Saint Emilion you would quite rightly expect to be known about on the global wine scene. However, for the appellation of Lalande de Pomerol, things have been all too quiet. The land has been given the motto ‘so close’ by regional producers, but this is an image that Aline Goldschmidt is determined to change, saying that it is unfair and misleading.
Ms Goldschmidt currently manages Château Siaurac, which has been kept in her family since 1832.The vineyard boasts 46 hectares and is the biggest estate in Lalande de Pomerol and certainly one of the best. The wine has emerged into the UK, selling well in top restaurants around the country.
After Aline’s father died, she and her husband took on the running of the vineyard, and produced their first vintage in 2006. They have by their sides the skills of gifted and highly-qualified winemaker Yannick Reyrel, but also looked to maintain family tradition by steering much of the direction themselves.
They have growing conditions that are very similar to that of neighbouring Pomerol, so the potential for producing top wines is significant. The range from the gravel and clay soils at Château Siaurac are similar to those found across the tiny stream that separates Lalande de Pomerol from Pomerol itself.
The next steps for Aline and her husband is to increase the publicity of Château Siaurac, which she has already started to do. There are now superb tasting facilities at Siaurac itself, where visitors are made to feel very much at home.
In terms of quality, there is little doubt that if the pair continue to give as much attention to detail as they do now, it could become a rival to its neighbouring villages. Maybe not one for this year, but it is worth keeping an eye out for future additions.
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