2015 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Pommard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Burghound: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$39.95

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"A ripe, cool and admirably pure nose reflects notes of lilac, plum and various dark berry scents that are liberally cut with earth nuances. There is excellent punch to the delicious, detailed and relatively sleek flavors that possess outstanding depth and persistence for a villages level wine. This is very Pommard in style yet not especially rustic or austere. This too is highly recommended." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Wine Description:
Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain married Claudine Gagnard, youngest daughter of Jacques and Marie-Josèphe Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. The couple runs this venerable domaine with the help of their son Marc-Antonin. They now control 20.5 acres of vines in Chassagne-Montrachet, including holdings in three grands crus: Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, and Criots- Bâtard-Montrachet. Chassagne-Montrachet lies towards the southern end of the Côte de Beaune and is famous for its white wines, although half of its total plantings are in red. In addition to the Grand Crus, Blain-Gagnard’s holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet include two red premier crus and four white premier crus along with small holdings in Volnay and Pommard.

The Vineyards:
are farmed by lutter aisonée ("reasoned struggle"). Pommard comes from just 1 acre of two village-level climats that lie on the Volnay side of the village: La Croix Planet and Les Combes Dessous. Average vine age is 35 to 45 years old. The wine is aged for 18 months in used Burgundian pièce.

Tasting Notes:
Pommard is a wine of fullness and sturdiness, especially when compared to the finessed and perfumed wines found in the neighboring village of Volnay. This Pommard shows the density typical of old vines but with pretty aromatics of flowers and herbs thanks to the vineyards' proximity to Volnay.

Food Pairing:
Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.