An all but invisible touch of wood frames the notably somber if fresh and ripe aromas of both red and dark berry liqueur along with ample floral characters. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the mid-palate of the mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that retain a solid sense of energy and delineation before concluding in a sappy, balanced and lingering finish. The supporting acidity is bright but it's not drying and overall this is a cool and restrained villages that is worth a look. Drink 2021+
De Courcel is one of the Côte de Beaune’s grandest estates, having been in the ownership pf the de Courcel family since the late 17th century. The estate is skilfully managed by Yves Confuron from Vosne Romanée. He prefers to pick late, allowing him to vinify with whole bunches and age his wines a little longer in cask before bottling, which he feels provides an added layer of texture to the wines.
A long popular appellation, Pommard is yet another exclusive red wine area which produces by far the most structured reds of the Côte de Beaune. It extracts rich body and long ageing potential from the limestone/iron-rich clay soil. Some examples can be markedly rustic, yet as time has passed and winemaking know-how has improved, Pommard's wines are becoming softer and more approachable when young. Its vines cover 317 hectares of which over a third are premier cru vineyards. Several have pronounced following and even one, Les Rugiens, is being pushed to become a grand cru.