2017 Domaine Glantenay Pommard Les Rugiens-Haut 1er Cru

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
James Suckling: 94
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :


"A little more pure ripe fruit than the village bottling here, offering strawberries, orange peel and flowers, as well as dust. Medium to full body, firm and tight tannins and undertones of orange peel and dried fruit. Tight. Drink now." (JS)

"Generous wood and menthol nuances stop just short of fighting with the ultra-fresh spiced cherry and plum, Asian-style tea and violet scents. There is fine concentration to the round, velvety and rich larger-scaled flavors that terminate in a firm and dusty finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose resurfaces. Note that my projected range assumes that the wood treatment will ultimately be integrated." (BH)

Producer note:
The young Guillaume Glantenay, and his sister Sarah, professed themselves to be "very happy with both the quality and the quantity and particularly so after the disaster that was 2016 in terms of yields. In fact 2017 is the first year since we started in 2013 where we had a full crop. We began picking the whites on the 30th of August and then attacked the reds on the 31st. In 2016 we did 3 weeks of vatting but in 2017 it was extended by another week to make a full month. The vinifications were soft but in a vintage where there were good yields, we wanted to be sure to obtain the materials that were there without pushing the extractions to be sure not to have wines with bitter tannins. As to the wines, they are elegant, pure and particularly well-balanced yet they should have no difficulty aging for the medium-term." As I have already pointed out to readers, this is a domaine to watch carefully as this is a team with talent and the vineyards to make some great wines. I was told that the 2017s would be bottled without fining or filtration. (BH)

Winery Notes:
0.275 Hectare; 65 year old vines; Rugiens is considered the “Grand Cru” of Pommard located mid-slope on the Volnay side of the village; 100% barrel aged, 30% whole-cluster fermentation; 80% new oak for 15 months. Powerful and perfumed toasty nose of black fruits including plum, lots of earth as well. This is a dense, compact wine in the mouth, meaty, leather hints, lots of soil complexity. The finish is incredibly long and complex; exotic spices, anise and spicy oak emerge here.