"Les Rugiens-Bas" 1er Cru de Pommard 2018
The weather in 2018 has been quite tricky, with a cold, humid winter, followed by temperature rises reaching 30+ degrees starting April. This combination of these factors made the vines grow very quickly, we had to work hard to follow nature’s fast pace! The harvest started the 23rd of August, and lasted 3 weeks. The quality of the juice is surprising. We believe that our biodynamic practices helped the vines give their best despite the heat waves. As a result, our wines show an incredible balance between alcohol and freshness, and we did not produce any cuvée above 13,4 degrees! The whites are fresh, express citrus flavors, with a nice smell of white flowers. The mouth is long, fluid, with a saline and very pleasant slightly bitter finish. The quality of the reds allowed us to use an important percentage of whole clusters. Gentle vinification, smooth extraction. We are very pleased with the floral bouquet, with nice dark fruits. The tannins are very well integrated, with a delicate touch and texture.
The 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens Cuvée Hubert unfurls in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of plums and berries with lifted top notes of orange and peony, as well as savory nuances of grilled meats and rich soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping, its textural attack segues into a layered core structured around a muscular chassis of ripe, powdery tannin, before concluding with a long finish.
William Kelley, the Wine Advocate, 92-94