|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Just a whiff of toast on nose. In the mouth there is again that tell-tale grip and wildness. Measured though and with nice minerality growing. This is Pommard for sure. Nicely granular grip underpins the fruit - yet there is more flow here, a nice richness to the fruit. Good and nice push here. The finish is long and really pleasing with weighty fruit and nice smooth lines. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 L&S (Nov 2018)
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The white clay...north facing. This ripe - sweet black forest fruits and yet also nicely fresh. Ripe tannin, but with a bite to them. A straight and juicy palate. It is quite strict on the finish...floral note. I like it a lot. Top notch.Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)
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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