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Billard-Gonnet Pommard Rugiens Bas Premier Cru 2015

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Winemaker Notes

The Pommard Rugiens Bas are the archetypal Pommard Premier Cru. It is the head of the appellation. They could be classified as Grands Crus.

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A layered nose consists of ripe but fresh and brooding dark currant, violet and spice scents. There is excellent volume and power to the broad-shouldered and overtly mineral-inflected flavors that culminate in a highly persistent bitter cherry-inflected finish. This is not quite as chiseled as it usually is but the finish makes it abundantly clear that this is going to age for a very long time and as is virtually always the case chez Billard, patience, and plenty of it, will be required. Excellent and highly recommended if you have that patience.
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Domaine Billard-Gonnet

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Domaine Billard-Gonnet, France
Belonging to a family where one has grown wine from father to son for several generations, Philippe Billard manages the BILLARD-GONNET estate, located in Pommard, at the heart of the Côte de Beaune. The vineyard, mainly planted with Pinot Noir varieties, spreads over a dozen hectares, 8 of which are Premier Cru. The specialty of the estate is above all the Pommard Premier Cru as the property cultivates 8 of these varieties, which are among the most renowned. The Billard-Gonnet estate is run today by septuagenarian Philippe Billard, who has been working his family's vines since he was 16 years old. Production is old-school but precise, and the wines themselves are both imminently age-worthy and elegant enough to drink in their youth.
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Pommard Wine

Cote de Beaune, Burgundy

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Representing some of the darkest, deepest and sturdiest Pinot Noir of Burgundy, Pommard is one of the two villages in Côte de Beaune—along with Volnay—that is recognized for its impressive Pinot Noir. While it can’t boast any Grands Crus vineyards, its extraordinary Premiers Crus vineyards are aplenty.

Les Pézerolles, Les Épenots, Clos des Épeneaux, Les Chanlins, Les Jarolières, Les Fremiers and particularly Les Rugiens are among the most outstanding Premiers Crus.

The best Pommards will be concentrated in flavors such as black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate, have dazzling aromas of violets, menthol or wild herbs and a firm and powerful finish. They typically demand some time in the bottle to reach their peak.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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