Producer: Domaine Rebourgeon-Mure
Wine: 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos de Charmots
Terroir: Le Clos des Charmots is situated on a slope, just north of the village, exposed fully to the south/south-east, this historic enclosure was planted in the 1930s and achieves a delightful maturity owing to its unique exposure both to the east and to the south. Surrounded by a stone wall, Le Clos des Charmots is an old vine (60+ years) of Pinot Noir planted in 1901 and 1925.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Nose: "Red berries, cedar and raw cocoa"
Palate: "A supple, medium-bodied wine that's open-knit and sapid—a charming middleweight". Velvety palate and bold mid palate with present and integrated tannins, and a long, balanced and vivacious finish with huge aging potential.
Food: Duck, red meat
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2030
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.
Pommard Appellation Village is located in the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or). The appellation includes 28 Premiers Crus, the most famous are Les Rugiens and Les Épenots. On the label, the appellation Pommard and Pommard Premier Cru may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.
For centuries Pommard has been considered the typical Bourgogne: deep red in color, powerfully aromatic, solid and trustworthy. The very name Pommard has a generous ring to it and fills the mouth as it fills the glass. Pommard with its smiling vineyards lies between Beaune and Volnay where the Côte de Beaune makes a slight turn towards Autun. These lands formerly belonged to the Dukes of Bourgogne, to religious houses including the abbey of Cîteaux, or to old families such as the Marey-Monge family. As early as the Middle Ages, Pommard was thought of as the flower of Bourgogne wines - the wine to which all others were compared. The appellation, one of the first AOC to be so designated (1936), produces only red wines from the Pinot Noir grape.
Information by: Burgundy Wines
On the lower ground the soil is ancient alluvium. Mid-slope, the clay-limestone soils are well drained thanks to the inclusion of rock debris. Higher still are Jurassic (Oxfordian) marls, brown calcic soils, and brown limestone soils. In places, the soil is reddened by the presence of iron. Exposure: south or east. Altitudes: 250 to 330 meters.