Join us and Courtier Wines for a tasting of four great wines from Pommard for only $55.
The most powerful red wines of the Cote de Beaune come from Pommard, where complex soils with a high proportion of iron-rich clay produce deep-colored, relatively tannic wines, characterized by weight more than elegance. Some of the most gloriously pure wines of Burgundy are being produced here today – dark-hued, robust in character and capable of long aging. Pommard has for long had a high reputation for its wines, though it has never had any grands crus.
Nicolas Rossignol Pommard 2012
Nicolas Rossignol is among the best in a new generation of Burgundy winemakers. After completing his studies at oenology school in Beaune, he put his knowledge into practice, interning at Domaine Joseph Voillot. After working with his father at the family estate, he simultaneously developed another domainein his own name in 1997. Nicolas is now buying all of the fruit from his family’s domaine, which he also farms, and produces an incredible range of wines.
His villages Pommard is a lovely example, with deep and complex aromas of cherries, red berries, woodsmoke, and a base of soil. On the palate the wine is very elegant, with a fine core of fruit, moderate tannins and a long, complete finish. Three or four years in the cellar will allow thus to fully blossom.
Pousse d’Or Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres 2010
Formerly the property of the Dukes of Burgundy and the French crown, the Domaine de la Pousse d’Or subsequently passed into private hands, including Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet, mid-19th century owner of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. From 1964 to 1997, the domaine was run by Gerard Potel for a consortium of owners. The estate now includes 18 hectares in some of the very best premier cruvineyards in Volnay.
The Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres shows red currant, earth and wet stone aromas. There is wonderful underlying tension to the mineral-driven flavors that come across dense but precise on the long and complex finish. This wine will demand ten or more years in the cellar to fully mature.
Joseph Voillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2010
Joseph Voillot’s first plot of vines was purchased in 1870. Since then, five generations of the family in Volnay have produced wines in Beaune, Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. In 1995, Jean-Pierre Charlot took over the reins from his father-in-law. The ten hectare estate had a reputation for good, long-aging wines that sometimes needed years to mature. Jean-Pierre brought an updated approach, as befits someone who, at Beaune’s Lycee Viticole, taught enology to many of today’s star producers. Stylistically, the wines have a silkiness that can make them immediately appealing, but also have everything they need for many years of maturing.
His one hectare parcel in the prestigious Les Rugiens premier cru includes vines that date back to 1959. The wine is perfectly elegant, with beautifully nuanced aromas of red Pinot Noir fruit, earth and stone. The intense medium-weight flavors are finely detailed and precise – a gorgeous combination of power and finesse.
de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos des Epenots 2011
Domaine de Courcel’s roots go back to the 16th century, and the estate has grown to some nine hectares of vineyards today. This is one of Pommard’s greatest domaines. The management of the vines and winemaking is done by Yves Confuron of the Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot in Vosne Romanee. His perfectionist approach is to focus on low yields, harvesting only at full ripeness – making large-scaled and impressive wines, but with a very elegant and floral side too.
Le Grand Clos des Epenots is a monopole of the domaine. The five hectare plot is located in the north of appellation, with soil that is rich in clay and limestone. The vines are approximately 60 years-old and produce wines that are as elegant as Pommard can be without losing power. The fruit has unusual complexity, with fine tannins and impressive length. A wine to age and improve for twenty years or more.