Pommard `Les Vaumuriens`

Côte de Beaune

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...

viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

Les Vaumuriens is located in Pommard, between Beaune and Volnay, on the hillside slopes facing Volnay. The soil here is a mixture of clay and limestone, which gives the wine good intensity on the palate and elegance on the finish. In old French 'Vaumuriens' describes a narrow, steep-sided valley. The wine is produced from very old and naturally low-yielding vines, with careful and environmentally-friendly vineyard management.

Vintage Information

The Côte de Nuits was severely affected by the hail storms and wet weather that characterised the late spring and early summer of 2012. With poor flowering conditions, there was low fruit set and a resulting grape shortage. In Pommard, yields were down by 60% on average and many producers did not produce any wine at all. Nevertheless, great care of the grapes that did grow throughout the summer, ensured their excellent quality.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked into 20 kilogram perforated boxes, then sorted a second time in the vat room. Next, 50% of the grapes were entirely de-stemmed but not crushed. Maceration lasted around three weeks, including one week of cold maceration at 12°C, with frequent cap treading. The wine was matured for 12 months in casks without racking, with 45% of new wood. Lastly, the wine was bottled by means of gravity and very lightly filtered but not fined.

Tasting Notes

Light ruby in colour. A beautiful bouquet of dried roses and spice introduce a surprisingly elegant Pinot Noir with refined tannins. Well balanced, the wine is silky with a long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.43g/l
Residual Sugar 0.1g/l
Wine pH 3.76