"Les Rugiens-Bas" 1er cru de Pommard 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (70% stems). This is also quite airy and cool with lilting red pinot fruit and a stone and iron component that is slightly less elegant than that of the Pézerolles and leads to focused, powerful and firmly muscled flavors that possess beautiful detail and good power despite not being especially concentrated or big-bodied. Moreover, while not at all forward, the finish is less youthfully austere than usual with the barest hint of warmth. Lovely. Tasted: Apr 01, 2009 (91-93)/2014+- Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding

-Bright red. Complex, soil-driven aromas of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, iron and smoke. Silky, supple and fine-grained; much less expressive in the mouth than the Taillepieds and yet it offers an unusually pliant texture for young Rugiens. Notes of violet and spice provide lift. This very reticent wine will have much more to say with five years of cellaring. I'm not convinced that the 2008 version will match this. 92
By Stephen TANZER