2009 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Pommard
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Fremiers

More composed even than Nicolas Rossignol's example. An explosion of fruit but somehow all against a calm silence of perfect balance. Black fruit flavours with fresh, high-toned feel. L&S (Jan 2011)

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It is ripe and rich with lots of sweet fruit on both nose and palate. The tannins feel ripe helping the suppleness and fleshiness but behind this voluptuous fruit is mulberry and raspberry their freshness balancing and lifting the fruit on the finish. 2013-20 Rating: 93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

This is also quite ripe but a bit fresher as there is more lift to the red berry and dark pinot aromas that evidence nuances of violets and wet stone. The concentrated and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors exude a fine minerality as well as a beguiling sense of underlying tension on the impressively persistent and very firmly structured finish. This is a lovely effort and very Fremiers in character. 2024+ Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (May 2011)

Lovely intense aromatic quality with spicy, incensey oak and intense red berry fruits flavours of mulberry and loganberry underpinned by firm tannins and lovely freshness; this shows a silkily seductive Pinot fruit quality with a real spicy infusion of oak and juicy acidity; absolutely stunning flavours and quality. Rating: 94 www.thewinegang.com (Feb 2011)

Sweet intense oaky nose. Full-bodied and concentrated, this has a voluptuousness that's at war with firm assertive tannins; but it's not tough and there is good length. Drink 2014-2022. Rating: ****17.5 Stephen Brook, Decanter.com (Feb 2011)

This has a very fine raspberry and dark cherry nose entangled with some lovely earthy aromas. The palate is very supple and rounded, well integrated new oak, very harmonious with a touch of chocolate towards the finish. Perhaps buffed up a little too much, but still attractive. Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Feb 2011)

Good bright medium red. Fresh blackberry, violet, licorice and lemon verbena on the lively nose. Juicy and intense, with fresh dark fruit flavors energized by pepper and spice notes. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length. The 2009s here are a strong argument for vinifying with whole clusters, as they enabled winemaker Yves Confuron to maintain good verve in this very ripe year. Rating: 90 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2011)

The palate is sweet, fresh and vibrant. Very raw though. There is sweet intensity of fruit. The tannins are good though. Despite the malic acidity (which is after all quite low) the tannins give the impression of a slightly silkier texture. There is a bit more elegance here. Particularly good+ probably fine. From 2015/16 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2011)

Domaine de Courcel

The other great domaine of Pommard, and three great expressions of the terroir of Pommard, yet a very different style to the Clos des Épeneaux of Comte Armand. Yves Confuron, the régisseur, describes the difference between the two top wines by saying that the Grand Clos is 'terreux' while the Rugiens is 'aérien'.

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