Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2016
1 or more bottles$259.99
The Wine Advoca94 points
Allen Meadows93 points
The grapes are all hand-harvested and the wine aged for between 15 and 20 months with the use of 50-60% new oak. There is no fining or filtering.
Only 25% of the bottles produced are exported, mainly to the USA and Japan.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
The Wine Advocate94
""Notes of dark wild berries, licorice, baking chocolate, rich soil tones and black truffles introduce the 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens, a medium to full-bodied wine that's broader and more enveloping than this year's Epenots, with a muscular chassis of powdery tannins, fine concentration, lively acids and good length on the finish. It's less dramatic than the 2015 rendition but may well be just as good in the fullness of time.""
""The Rugiens is extremely promising this year, its bouquet rich and brooding, featuring aromas of spice, wild berries, game bird and rich soil. The wine is firmer and more concentrated than the Epénots, with a taut, tense chassis of fine tannins and superb depth and intensity. This should blossom beautifully with bottle age. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045""
""Here too the wood treatment is reasonably subtle though by no means invisible on the wonderfully fresh and broad-ranging aromas of red cherry, currant, violet and lavender. The middle weight flavors are not quite as concentrated as those of the Epenots but they compensate by being more precise, mineral-driven and powerful, all wrapped in a firm and serious but not particularly austere finish that delivers sneaky good length. This is a classic Rugiens and built like one as well. 2028+”"
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Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2017
- Variety Pinot Noir
- Vintage 2017
- Brand Domaine Thierry Violot Guillemard
- Cellaring 10-15 Years
- Wine Type Red
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
The Wine Advoca93+ points
Allen Meadows92+ points
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Pommard is an appellation village of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, France. It received its appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) in 1936 – one of the first to do so. It sits between Beaune and Volnay and includes 28 Premiers Crus, including the famed vineyards of Les Rugiens and Les Épenots. The area is renowned for producing exclusively red wines from the Pinot Noir grape. These wines are typically deep red in colour. On the nose, expect powerful aromatics of black and red fruits, such as blackberry, ripe plum, and cherry pit. With age, these aromas concentrate even further, and notes of leather, pepper, and chocolate develop. These wines also boast reasonably high tannin content; with significant ageing, these dense, firm tannins soften and smooth out, resulting in fruit-filled, textural, robust wines.
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About the brand Domaine Thierry Violot Guillemard
This is a lesser known domaine that flies under the radar but there's no question that Thierry Violot-Guillemard is an outstanding winemaker and thewines are very classy. These are a source of very fine and textured Pommard, Beaune, some Auxey-Duresses and in recent vintages some whites.
Thierry started in 1985 with vines planted in 1936 that he inherited from his grandfather. In 1990 he went biodynamic and employed a vineyard manager who helped advance the cause to gain organic certification. Thierry's philosophy is that the vineyard is a living entity with the juice of the vine the conclusion of the annual cycle.