Pommard 1er cru "Les Pézerolles" 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

- (35% stems). There is a persuasive, if not air tight, argument to be made that a fine Pézerolles is the most elegant of all the Pommard 1ers (yes, I acknowledge that there are at least two others one could legitimately mention) and this example will do nothing to suggest otherwise with its stunning array of red berry fruits, floral notes and mineral elements, all of which merge seamlessly into the pure, racy, detailed and linear flavors that are focused like a laser on the balanced and wonderfully persistent finish. Like the Taillepieds, this is defined by its extract of stone character and this is, along with the versions from Michel Lafarge and Joseph Voillot, reference standard juice. (90-93)/2014+