"Les Rugiens-Bas" 1er Cru de Pommard "HUBERT" 2015

The Cuvée

We decided to do a special bottling for this wine along with the Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “aux Malconsorts” Christiane.

Indeed, 2015 is an important anniversary for Malconsorts Christiane as it was first produced in 2005. It is also the first vintage after the pass away of Hubert and we wanted to honor his legacy by dedicating one cuvee to him from 2015 onward. It will be the Pommard 1er Cru “Rugiens bas – Hubert” made from a careful selection of the best grapes of this vineyard.

The rejected grapes will be declassified so that there will be always only one cuvee of Rugiens in a given vintage.

It will be either the classical Pommard "Rugiens" or Pommard "Rugiens Hubert" that will be made only in vintages where we feel that the conditions are right to produce a wine of exception.

For this vintage, in order to honor both our parents, we decided to bottle the two cuvées only in magnums with a few Jeros. So only 808 pairs of magnums and 23 pairs of jeros 2015 will be sold in a nice special numbered wooden box named "HOMMAGE".

Tasting notes

The re-christened 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens Cuvée Hubert is 100% whole cluster fruit from Rugien-Bas, matured in 45% new oak. The grapes went through a selection process and will be labelled as "Cuvée Hubert" and will only be bottled in magnums. It has a beautiful bouquet, so pure and refined, with red cherry, wild strawberry and wet limestone aromas. The palate is very well defined with a crisp line of acidity and very fine tension; the wine is very focused, a gentle grip on the finish with a long and persistent, minerally finish. I think Hubert de Montille would appreciate this.

Score: 94-96    Tasted: Oct, 2016                   Drink: 2019-2045    Issue: 228        Issue Date: 30th dec 2016                

Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate