2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarolières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1341980 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is a whisper of VA but it’s not enough to materially detract from the more deeply pitched aromas of plum liqueur, earth and gentle wood scents. There is more size, weight, power and concentration if notably less finesse to the medium-bodied flavors that also exude a subtle minerality on the solidly constituted and lingering finish. This is definitely a muscular Pommard but it’s not rustic. 2028+  (4/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollières has an attractive bouquet with slightly earthy black fruit laced with black tea and bay leaf aromas. I appreciate the way this unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite fresh and harmonious, focused with a fresh, oyster shell-tinged finish. Yes, I would like a little more personality perhaps, but this is still a well-crafted Pommard that should give 15 years of drinking pleasure. (NM)  (12/2016)

89-91 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black fruits, flowers and licorice complicated by a menthol note. Densely packed and concentrated, conveying a medicinal aspect to its flavors of black fruits, menthol and licorice. But not at all a rustic style. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length. (ST)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Intense black purple colour, more purple. The nose does not give much at first but there is a wealth of dark fruit on the palate, with a few red notes which sneak in, gracious for a Pommard, the structure is there but the tannins are covered by the fruit, finishes well with a fresher touch. Great persistence. Silken Pommard!" (01/2018)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.