- RegionCôte de Beaune
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilClay and limestone
- Average yield45 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential3-5 years
- Serving temperature 14-15°
- Pommard is for many the most familiar Burgundy appellation. The village itself lies approximately 2 miles south of Beaune, and the total appellation is fairly extensive, covering 300 hectares, flanking a narrow valley which leads back into the Côte d'Or hinterland. The wines of Pommard are quite different from those of the neighbouring villages. They tend to be deeper and more concentrated than Beaune or Volnay wines and have a sumptuous perfume and bite without being too tannic. This wine requires a number of years to reveal itself.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in open vats
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 15% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteThe Pommard 2016, a dark ruby with garnet hints, delivers aromas of undergrowth and cherry. The round mouth reveals notes of black fruits laced with smoked notes of roasting. Lovely tannic structure.
- Food PairingDuck confit - beef "Bourguignon" - mature cheeses
- Pommard 2012 - Burghound.com - April 2014 - 90/100A discreet but not invisible application of wood frames the ripe dark berry fruit and damp earth aromas. There is solid density to the ripe and muscular flavors where the supporting tannins are phenolically mature, all wrapped in a robust, rustic and lingering finish. This will require a few years of cellar time to be approachable. By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Pommard 2011 - Wine Spectator - June 2014 - 90/100A refined version, evoking cherry, strawberry and spice flavors, with a touch of mineral. Harmonious and approachable now, though this should improve with moderate aging. Best from 2015through 2024. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Pommard 2010 - Wine Spectator Online USA - October 2013 - 89/100Bright cherry flavors holds court in this dense, slightly square red. Shows purity and balance as the finish plays out. Slightly dry, but long. Best from 2015 through 2023.
- Pommard 2008 - My Wine And More - May 2013 - 88/100Bright ruby, garnet rim. Red berries, some leafy and slightly earthy notes, slightly scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and fruity, mineraly finish, drinking beautifully now, refreshing Pommard. Quite long.
- Pommard 2008 - Wine Spectator - February 2011 - 88/100Light and elegant, boasting cherry, raspberry and mineral flavors. This is balanced, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2015.
- Pommard 2007 - Wine Spectator Online - 2010 - 84/100A core of cherry fruit is wrapped in a cloak of firm tannins. This is just balanced on the dry, tannic side, so age a little and enjoy with a braised beef dish. Best from 2011 through 2014. 980 cases made. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- 2006 Pommard – Burghound – April 2008 - 87 points :An expressive red pinot fruit nose displays obvious earth and underbrush nuances that continue onto the supple, attractive and sweet flavors that firm up quickly on the delicious and round finish. This should drink well on the early side. 87/2010+
- 2004 Pommard - Burghound.com - April 2006 - 85-87 points :A notably ripe cassis and extract of raspberry-infused nose leads to round, supple, frank and direct flavors that posses just enough phenolic maturity to avoid astringency, all wrapped in a touch of finishing wood.
- 2003 Pommard - Burghound.com - April 2005 - 86 points :Very ripe but not roasted red pinot fruit, mineral and a slight animale note combine with very rich, round and earthy medium full flavors that are delicious, serious and reasonably fresh. This is a relatively masculine wine as it's robust but not coarse with good muscle and punch on the persistent finish. In short, good if not elegant. 86/2009+