The north (or right) bank of the Dordogne River includes the prestigious appellations of Pomerol and St-Émilion, as well as lesser-known (and generally less expensive) satellite appellations such as Lussac-St-Émilion, Fronsac and Lalande-de-Pomerol. Merlot is the key grape of the right bank, although most wines are blends of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon. Right bank reds tend to be more luscious and less austere on the whole than those of the left bank, with black cherry and plum flavors and often a peppery spiciness.
Right-bank wines’ ripe generosity of flavor (a characteristic of Merlot) makes them pair especially well with rich meats, such as Marcia Kiesel’s succulent slow-roasted lamb shanks. Cabernet Franc’s light green edge often makes these wines a fine partner for vegetable side dishes as well.
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5 Right Bank Wine Values
2003 Château Bel-Air Lussac-St-Émilion ($18)
Fresh tobacco and cherry scents rise from this wine, which has a subtly chalky finish.