Pommard is one of the most famous appellations of the Côte de Beaune and is known for its red wines. The limestone-rich, brownish-red soil from the foothills produces some of the most tannic and robust wines in Burgundy. Indeed, they are more powerful than their Beaune neighbours and it is often said that these are more bold, structured wines. The "Les Rugiens" Premier Cru is located at the south of the commune. The dominating red colour of the soil may be the origin of the name of this vineyard plot, as its root rouge means red.
Vine age at this site ranges from 30-40 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified for 20-28 days in custom, temperature-controlled conical oak vats. The wine is then aged further in 100% French oak (40-60% new) for 14-18 months before bottling and resting.
93 points - Outstanding, Allen Meadows, Burghound – “An equally restrained but wonderfully elegant, pure and very floral suffused nose displays essence of red and dark raspberry, plum and rose petal. There is terrific delineation and an abundance of minerality on the bigger yet finer flavors that possess a sophisticated mouthfeel and evident power on the moderately austere, complex and well-balanced finale. As is usual for Rugiens, this is quite firm and will need extended patience. One to strongly consider.”
Pommard Trophy and Gold Medal, 96 points – International Wine Challenge 2021