Pommard Les Cras 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 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 Les Cras finished its malolactic in October, a month prior to my tasting, and had recently been sulfured. It features crunchy red berry fruit, the one-third whole cluster lending a little pepperiness. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins and good acidity, and lively in the mouth, leading to a slightly brittle but focused finish. Well crafted and quite intellectual for a village cru.
Neal Martin, Vinous, 89-91