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Pure 2014 Red Burgundy from Pommard and Beaune

Domaine Gabriel Billard Red Burgundy. Mix and match any six bottles for special discount prices:
~$40 “Les Epenotes” (Beaune Premier Cru 2014)
~$44 “Les Vaumuriens” (Pommard 2014)
~$58 “Les Charmots” (Pommard Premier Cru 2014)

Winemaker Claudie Jobard produces from 23 acres in both Rully and the Côte de Beaune, including prime parcels in Pommard. She’s the daughter of Laurence Jobard, Joseph Drouhin’s winemaker/enologist of 30 years. Her family has been propagating and selling vines in Rully for the last 60 years. Clearly, wine is in her blood.

Under her own name, Claudie produces a range of excellent wines from Rully, one of the top production zones in the Côte Chalonnaise. But it’s the family property in the Côte de Beaune that offers the most exceptional vineyards. These plots, adding up to less than four full acres, were owned by Claudie’s grandmother, Gabriel Billard, until being passed on to her mother Laurence. Now that Laurence is retired, it is Claudie who takes care of the wines and vineyards.

Claudie cultivates the vineyards with the philosophy of “lutte raisonnée” (reasoned struggle) applying treatments with the overall health of the vineyard in mind. Some of the tilling is even undertaken by horse in Pommard. Her goal is always to reveal the delicate purity of the terroir.

~$40 “Les Epenotes” (Beaune Premier Cru 2014)
One tiny parcel with two different ages of vines produces a wine with ripe fruit aromas and soft tannins. This vineyard is located next to the famous Epenots Premier Cru vineyard in Pommard and just below the renowned Clos des Mouches vineyard in Beaune.

~$44 “Les Vaumuriens” (Pommard 2014)
From four parcels of vines with an average age of 70 years. The Vaumuriens vineyard (loosely translated as “better than nothing”) is located just above the lauded Premier Cru of Rugiens. It’s name was derived from pointing out that this parcel on the higher hillside “is not the Rugiens, but better than nothing.”

~$58 “Les Charmots” (Pommard Premier Cru 2014)
A remarkable terroir of south-southeast facing slopes planted with vines approaching a Century in age. Although Claudie notes that it’s a parcel difficult to cultivate, the wines from this plot are rich, concentrated, and capable of medium to long term cellar development.

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Posted on 2017.03.29 in France, Saturday Sips Wines, Burgundy


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