You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Monday 6 July 2015

Neal Martin promises new perspective on Pomerol

12th November, 2012 by Patrick Schmitt

Wine writer Neal Martin is about to launch his first book, called Pomerol, which he has published himself after three year’s intensive research.

Pomerol by Neil Martin

Based entirely on the famous Right Bank Bordeaux commune, Martin told the drinks business that the book had proved a “gargantuan task”, and would be available to order in about 3-4 weeks.

Comprising three main parts, one aspect deals with the history of the commune, another contains winery profiles organised alphabetically, and a final considers every Pomerol cru ever made – as many as 400.

Martin decided to publish the book himself because, he said, “I’m stubborn and didn’t want to compromise – I felt there were parts an editor would take out.”

He also said that he wanted “to be part of every process, every detail, such as the colour of the paper.”

With almost 600 pages, the book promises to look at Pomerol in immense detail, particularly when it comes to the second part, which contains 43 winery profiles.

Giving a sense of the depth of content, he said, “Just Pétrus gets 14,000 words.”

Researching the tome was a difficult task however. Beginning in 2009, Martin said there are few archives, requiring him to gather historic information through lengthy interviews with the owners at the various Pomerol properties, yielding results which at times were conflicting.

As for the style of the book, it’s quirky, with anecdotes, no formal tasting notes and hand-drawn maps of the various properties by their owners.

“Because maps cost lots of money I bought a sketchbook and asked proprietors to draw them for me – they are not supposed to be accurate, but personal and artistic.”

Neal Martin

Martin also commented, “The style of the profiles are very different, some are humorous, some are sad.”

Meanwhile the prologue is written like an imaginary conversation between the author and the reader.

Interestingly, the pictures are all black and white, and have been taken by a “Swedish friend and photographer” called Yohan Berglund.

Robert Parker has also contributed some words, although there is no foreword from the famous wine critic, and Martin stressed that the book was “completely independent to The Wine Advocate”.

Explaining his decision to choose Pomerol for his first book, Martin stated, “I’ve always loved the wines and it’s the last remaining appellation [in Bordeaux] where you can go to a château and the family are still there…. And I wanted the human aspect, a lot of the book is a conversation with the winemaker.”

As for the general approach, Martin pointed out that he was “inspired” by the way Inside Burgundy by Jasper Morris was written, designed and marketed.

Finally, Martin admitted he might be tempted to publish another book should his first one prove successful.

“I’d like to do a compendium of things I’ve written over the last 10 years,” he told db.

For more information on Pomerol click here.

Martin said the book would cost £50 plus postage and packaging when it goes on sale next month.

One Response to “Neal Martin promises new perspective on Pomerol”

  1. marinel says:

    Is his name Neal or Neil??

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, more...

Is Parker wrong about the 05 Médocs?

With no Médoc wines gaining 100-points in Robert Parker’s retrospective of more...

Wimbledon serves up English wine

Organisers of this year’s Wimbledon have decided to offer tennis fans English more...

Business Development Executive

London, United Kingdom

£25-£30K + benefits, depending on experience

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

Twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert more...

China recognises 'Bordeaux'

China has said it now recognises the term “Bordeaux” as a brand after what more...

Austrian wine importer launches in Hong Kong

A wine importer specialising in Austrian wines has launched in Hong Kong to more...

Social Media Editor

Competitive

The week in pictures

Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer more...

Champagne and Burgundy join UNESCO list

Producers in Champagne and Burgundy are celebrating the addition of their more...

Fire devastates New Zealand winery

A fire has ripped through a New Zealand winery destroying its offices, kitchen more...

Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Based on experience

Constellation to buy Meiomi for $315m

Constellation Brands is to buy Napa-based wine brand Meiomi for $315 million, more...

Oregon producer takes international view

One of Oregon’s youngest wine estates has partnered with Jackson Family Wines more...

Wine from Napoleon’s carriage to be sold

A bottle of wine apparently found in Napoleon’s carriage after Waterloo – more...

Global Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

UK vineyards included in tax relief scheme

Winemakers in the UK will be able to benefit from income tax changes for the more...

Yealands sells majority stake

Yealands Family Wines' owner Peter Yealand has agreed to sell 80% of the more...

Bordeaux 2005: Biggest movers

Expectation surrounding the 2005s is building and pushing up prices for top more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

Californian wine struggling with supply

There is a "growing mismatch" between supply and demand that is badly hampering more...

Tour de l'Oc raises £30k for charity

Last month’s Tour de l’Oc bicycle challenge across France has raised over more...

Auction house snaps up online wine specialist

Online auction firm Bid for Wine has been sold to The Fine Art Auction Group in more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

Oddbins woos Naked staff with love letters

Oddbins has allegedly been sending love letters and bottles of wine to key more...

How to drink like a billionaire

With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink more...