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2017 Thierry Violot-Guillemard, Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Rugiens'

I first heard about Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard in a documentary about Burgundy producers called "Three Days of Glory". I found them humble and endearing, and wanted to taste their wines immediately. When I sourced them, I was seduced straight away by the quality of each cuvees! Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard is a small estate of only 6.5 hectares, predominantly based in Pommard. The fifth generation is at the helm, certified organic, this Domaine is a real gem. The estate is run by Thierry and Estelle Violot-Guillemard with their son Joannès slowly taking over as Thierry eases into retirement. They make wines of class and greatness. Though they produce some whites, the main production is focus is on the reds.

In the cellar, the transfer of grapes and juice is done by gravity, after fermentation, the wines settled before being racked to 225 litres low toast barrels, of which 40% is new. The wines are never being fined or filtered. 

Why do we like it? 

The Rugiens 1er Cru is a wine with great pedigree, and up there with the very best vineyards of Pommard village. In the hands of the Violot-Guillemard family, this stunning Premier Cru delivers a lovely mouthfeel with a delicate charming perfume. The 40% new oak used never looks obtrusive, on the contrary, it has a such a silky texture, with ample complexity on the palate, with dense cherry fruit, herbal notes and smooth, fine-grained tannins along with the typical Rugiens spice.

This is a bottle every Burgundy lover needs in their cellar, a Pinot Noir with timeless profundity that will keep improving over the next 10+ years. 


Grape            Pinot Noir

Country        France                                 

Region          Burgundy

Vintage         2017

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