David Rebourgeon now directs this eight-hectare Pommard domaine that continues to fly somewhat under the radar. It is one of the oldest estates in Pommard, started by his ancestor Jean Bourgogne in 1552 who had taken a 99 year lease to raise vines at the holy abbey, Marguerite of Bouillard.
From the heart of Pommard, the Rebourgeons tend 18 acres divided between many well regarded holdings in the appellations of Beaune, Volnay and Pommard, planted entirely in Pinot Noir and averaging more than 40 years with the oldest parcels of Pommard planted in 1902.
Plowed soils and minimal chemical treatments are the order of the day in the vineyards; in the cuverie and cellars, the grapes are entirely destemmed, with a classical maceration emphasizing gentle extraction. Élevage lasts for 14-18 months in modest percentages of new oak. The result is elegant and beautifully balanced wines that display excellent textural finesse and which might justly be described as understated—even slightly old-fashioned—in style. This is an address that will delight Burgundy purists and which also happens to offer keen value.
Volnay Appellation Village is located in the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or). The appellation includes 29 Premiers Crus Climats. Producing communes: Volnay for the appellation Volnay, Meursault for the Climat Santenots. On the label, the appellation Volnay and Volnay Premier Cru may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.
Volnay, perched on the hill of Chaignot high up in the Côte de Beaune, is located on narrow and steep slops. The hill is oriented slightly differently from the general run of the country so that the vines face South-East rather than East. These vineyards have been valued and exploited for centuries. Long before the Revolution, the harvests of Volnay went to the Knights of Malta, the Abbeys of Saint-Andoche d’Autun and Maizières, or to the Dukes of Bourgogne and their successors, the Kings of France.
The style of this red Pinot Noir wine was set as early as the 18th century. It gained its controlled appellation status in 1937. The appellation Volnay is twinned with Volnay-Santenots, grown in neighboring Meursault on ground equally suited to the Pinot Noir grape.
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The Oolitic limestone has a superficial similarity to the reddish igneous rock (porphyry) found in the Morvan district. It is pink in color with pale green hues and overlain by banks of schist. At the top of the slope, this limestone predominates. Lower down is a white, chalky-textured Argovien limestone. Lower still are reddish Bathonian limestone, pebbly and ferruginous. The soils at the foot of the slope are deeper and more gravelly. Altitudes: 230-280 meters.