2014 1er Cru Croix Noires 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
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Croix Noires

A restrained nose features notes of ripe black cherry, raspberry, earth and plenty of floral elements. There is more volume and richness to the muscular and punchy medium-bodied flavors that also culminate in an austere but once again well-balanced and solidly persistent finale. Patience. 2024+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2016)

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Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2016)

Healthy dark red. Black cherry, spices and minerals on the nose and palate; distinctly darker in fruit character than the Vaumuriens. Here the tannins are distinctly suave and make their presence felt later. Just a touch of malic acidity still to be absorbed. Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2016)

Courcel have 0.6 of the 1.2 hectares. Juicy and rounded; fleshy and succulent. A good deal of rich, chewy tannin. Quite muscular and dense. Touch of dark chocolate. Full structured and burly Pommard. Deep black plummy fruit. Spice and freshness from the whole bunches at the end, which give it a fresh and minty lift. From 2019 Rating: 17.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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