Producer: Domaine Rebourgeon-Mure Les Vignes Franches
Wine: 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Vignes Franches
Plots: From parcels planted in 1929 and 1974
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Nose: Deep bouquet of sweet cherry, licorice, with a hint of spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, ample and elegant, with a generous core of fruit framed by supple tannins and ripe acids.
Food: Beef Bourguignon, duck breast, Coq Au Vin, Camembert and soft cheeses.
Cellaring: Drink now or hold until 2025
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.
Beaune Appellation Village is located in the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or). The appellation includes 42 Premiers Crus. On the label, the appellation Beaune and Beaune Premier Cru may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.
A Burgundian icon and capital of Bourgogne’s wine trade, Beaune takes center on the world stage during the annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction. The Hôtel-Dieu, built in the Flamboyant style, the huge silent cellars of the négociants houses, and the wine-growing domaines of the district all attract countless visitors. The Beaune vineyards are among the most extensive of the Côte. From here comes the Pinot vermilion of the Dukes of Bourgogne- a red wine, aromatic and full of fire, whose reputation goes back to the late Middle Ages. The whites, less common, make the best use of soils suited to the Chardonnay grape. The Beaune AOC was established in 1936.
Information by: Burgundy Wines
In the synclinal of Volnay, the Comblanchien limestone disappears into the depths to be replaced by the overlying Rauracian. The slopes are quite steep and the soil (scree-derived black rendzinas) thinnish. On the lower slopes are Argovian marls and deep soils, white, grey or yellow, tinged with red from the iron in the Oxfordian limestone. At the foot of the slope, limestones are mixed with clay. Exposure: east to due south. Altitudes: 220 to 300 meters.