Weekly wine defined: Right Bank

Mary writes:

This term should be on the tip of every Merlot lover’s tongue.

It describes the part of Bordeaux on the right or north side of the river Dordogne. This includes the appellations of Cotes de Castillon, St-Émilion, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon Fronsac, Bourg and Blaye. Here Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate the landscape and Cabernet Sauvignon continues to rule the Left Bank.\

Unlike the Left Bank, Right Bank wines were not included in the 1855 classification. However, Right Bank wines are much sought after given the fact that a bottle of 2011 Petrus from Pomerol would set you back about $1,800.