2015 Domaine de Courcel Pommard "Les Vaumuriens"

SKU #1343792 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the equally ripe nose is quite similar except the earth component is more pronounced. The velvety, seductive and once again super-rich flavors possess good minerality on the powerful and mouth coating finish where notes of mocha and warmth can be found. This is quite firm and will definitely need a few years to resolve at least some of the structure.  (4/2017)

88-90 points Vinous

 Red-ruby color is less deep than that of the Bourgogne. Subtle scents of redcurrant, iron, crushed rock and tobacco. Supple and quite dry, with a lively mineral component keeping the fruit and smoke flavors under wraps in the early going. Much more about soil and structure than primary fruit, and the serious tannins will require at least a couple years of patience upon release. (ST)  (1/2017)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
This dense beauty has a brambly nose of dark red and black fruits, graphite and tobacco. On the palate, bright boysenberry and currants with beautiful minerality and subtle tobacco notes. The finish is extremely long, dry and tannic. If you want to drink it now, decant it for a couple of hours. Otherwise, put it into your cellar and let it age, which it will do beautifully. One of the best red Burgundies that I have tasted in a while. Worth every penny!

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2018 | Send Email
After working in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast for several years, I felt like I knew everything about pinot, but of course, I was wrong. There's very few bottles I can call a game changer and the Pommard Les Vaumuriens from Domaine De Courcel is one of those bottles. Surprisingly more tannic than I would have expected, this is definitely a bottle I want to revisit in a couple more years and see just how much it will change. While it's completely rocking in flavor right now, I do feel like it needs some time. Definitely one worth cellaring.

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