2017 Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"A brooding if highly spiced nose grudgingly reveals notes of plum, cassis, violet, sandalwood and tea. The intensely mineral-driven and muscular large-scaled flavors possess finer tannins yet the mouth feel is less opulent and rich, all wrapped in a balanced, long and again, very firmly structured finale. Even so, this is not quite as overtly tannic as the Epenots though this too will require extended patience before it arrives at its apogee." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The Rugiens (1.07 ha) are located mid hill on the southern slopes, in between Pommard and Volnay. The ground, where both marlstone and clay can be found, is composed of a wide variety of soil. The superior part of the plot has a light (0.2m) soil of marlstone while the inferior part is reddish-brown and deeper (0.8-1m). The land is east facing. The vines are all around 60 years of age. The wines produced are spicy; sweet spices such as cloves. The wines, which are fine and very aerial, are both elegant and concentrated. The tannins, the aromas of blackberry and very ripe raspberry enhance a long finish. To be served at 15°C.