Tuesday 17 January 2012

Three Times Pommard

These bottles have been drunk during the last couple of weeks. For a good generic Burgundy (below Grand Cru level), I often gravitate towards Pommard. I like these sturdy Pinot wines, and when there is a lovely strawberry fruit caressing that sturdiness, I´m happy!

2001 Pommard Rugiens Bas, Domaine Billard Gonnet
A deep, tight, murky nose with notes of blueberries, red cherries, balsamcic vinegar, pipe tobacco and a lovely meatyness. Very deep and fine. Hard cherry candy. Becomes sweeter in the glass. A touch of maturity. This is fine.
The taste is tight, focused and sweet with lots of black fruit, forest floor, leather and balsamic vinegar fried vegetables. Powerful, on the verge of brawny. Typical Pommard sturdiness. Very, very good. Still primary fruit in the taste.
92p   (tasted 2011/12)

2008 Pommard Les Charmots, Fernand & Laurent Pillot
A good source of fine Pommards for, usually, a great price. The nose is still young, with some volatile red fruit - red currants, lingonberries - notes, and scents of dry undergrowth, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Opens up nicely in the glass, and becomes sweeter. There is even som strawberry jam hiding in the wings. Very good.
The taste is fresh, young and liniar, with notes of earth, dry licorice, red currants and not (yet) ripe rasberries. Medium long finish with a nice, cleansing acidity. Young and promising. This needs another 6-8 years in the cellar. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2012/01)

1996 Pommard, Pierre Boillot
A deep, sweet, dark nose with notes of wet undergrowth, chocolate covered rasberries, licorice and a nice smoky note. The dark streak is very good. Old leather. This is on the brink of being fully mature.
The taste is big, steady and a bit four square, I´m afraid. There is some nice fruit - rasberries, blueberries and lingonberries - but they are molded in a very rigid way. Some rosehips. The finish is medium long and rather fine. This could have been very good but the stiffness in the character makes is a tad dull.
81p   (tasted 2012/01)

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