2013 Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Pommard
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Vaumuriens

Fresh, taut, straight - lovely rich pure wine with a saline drive. Very, very well done - a brilliant wine at village level with a persistent fresh finish. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Dec 2014)

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(from the Hauts portion). An all but invisible touch of wood frames the notably somber if fresh and ripe aromas of both red and dark berry liqueur along with ample floral characters. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the mid-palate of the mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that retain a solid sense of energy and delineation before concluding in a sappy, balanced and lingering finish. The supporting acidity is bright but it’s not drying and overall this is a cool and restrained villages that is worth a look. 2021+ Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2016)

Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2015)

Medium red. Slightly reduced aromas of roasted plum, black raspberry and mocha. Sweet, fat and distinctly ripe, with hints of dried berres and smoked meat giving the wine good density. Tannins are obvious, even a bit tough, but also sweet and horizontal. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 86-88 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2015)

Domaine de Courcel

One of the great domaines of Pommard, with a 400 year history in the same family. The domaine produces a small amount of Bourgogne Chardonnay, a completely over-performing Bourgogne Rouge, a village Pommard (Vaumuriens, 1.44 ha), but the biggest part of the domaine consists of four great Premier Cru expressions of the terroir of Pommard, Fremiers (0.79 ha), Croix Noires (0.58 ha), Grand Clos des Epenots (4.89 ha) and Rugiens (1.07 ha). These represent a very different style to the Clos des Épeneaux of Comte Armand, for example. 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'.

The aim is to limit yields to around 25hl/ha, to attain optimum ripeness. The vines are ploughed, and pruned carefully to suit each one, then de-budded in spring and green-harvested in August to keep the fruit load balanced. Following Yves' usual practice the harvest is late and the vatting is long - usually around a month, with a cold maceration leading into a cool fermentation, and a long post-fermentation soak under the protection of the carbon dioxide given off by the fermentation. The wines are developed in barrel over 21 to 23 months, with a third of the barrels being replaced each year. After racking they are bottled without fining or filtration.

The domaine produces wines with astonishing depth and density that still retain the freshness, just like Yves' own wines at Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot. They are classic vins de garde and patience is advised - and will be amply rewarded.

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