Pommard Clos des PouturesPremier Cru
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Site: located in the southern section of Pommard, Clos des Poutures is a "monopole" (vineyard with a single proprietor). The vineyard (1.75 acre - 0.66 ha) is situated within the Premier Cru Les Poutures and lies right below the famed Rugiens vineyard.
History & tradition: there must have been vines planted here for a long time. More than 2,000 years ago, the Gauls selected and propagated the Pinot Noir grape in this location. A temple dedicated to Pomona, the Celtic goddess, may be at the origin of the name.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: low on purpose, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: the whole production of grapes is purchased.
Joseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance but should never be detrimental to the finesse and typical character of the wine.
- Type: in barrels (15% in new oak).
- Length: 15 months.
- Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
- Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"This wine is very much in the Pommard tradition, with its note of wild fruit and hints of liquorice and smokiness. It has a bright, ruby-red colour and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, blueberry or even gooseberry, cherry pit and ripe plum. With age, these flavours evolve towards leather and pepper. On the palate, this wine is said to have "du grain" (a word used in Burgundy to express the subtle charm of Pinot Noir). Tannin lends some firmness to the structure, made somewhat softer by a harmonious velvety texture. A long, flavourful aftertaste".
The wines are very generous with ample character. The tannic structure is quite strong but ripe. The acidity level is fairly low. To be drunk or to be kept, the choice will be difficult as they are already full of charm, but also well-balanced, which is a sign of a good ageing potential. 2009 is showing its breed and will rightfully take its place among those vintages ending in "9" in the last century, as well as 2005, 1978, 1961...
Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F)
Cellaring: 6 to 20 years.