"The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru is a blend of Croix Noir, Chaponnières, Les Argillières, Charmaux, Jarollières and Chanlin, each less than a single barrel this vintage. It has a detailed and focused bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and underbrush notes, very refined and elegant in style. The palate is juicy and succulent on the entry. The tannins are very fine here, and there is a pleasing sappiness toward the finish. It has a touch of richness, but it reins everything back in to create a really lovely, quite cerebral Pommard."
(91-93) points, Neal Martin (December 2017)
"(Rossignol blended his grapes from six premier crus--all of his Pommard crus except for Les Epenots--to make a mere five barrels; entirely destemmed): Bright ruby-red. Precise, vibrant aromas of black cherry and spices; a nuanced expression of Pommard slopes. Sappy, dark and primary, conveying a liqueur-like thickness to its flavors of black fruits and spices complicated by positive subtle notes of game and leather. A highly concentrated yet somehow charming Pommard from tiny yields. Rossignol told me he felt this wine was a bit cooked at the beginning, but not today."
(92-93) points, Stephen Tanzer (January 2018)
"There is a lovely sense of vibrancy and freshness to the tension-filled and muscular broad-shouldered flavors that possess a relatively supple mid-palate that contrasts considerably with the lingering finish that tightens up considerably. There is a touch of wood that surfaces as this sits on the palate but there is so much density that it should have trouble successfully integrating it."
(90-93) points, Allen Meadows (April 2018)
One of the most famous appellations in the region, Pommard is known for producing full-bodied, robust and tannic wines. The second biggest area by production after Beaune, approximatly 135 ha of vineyard area is Premier Cru of which Les Epenots and Les Rugiens are the most renowned.
The clay-heavy limestone of this zone gives unusual wines: they have a deep, red-black color and an explosive bouquet of blackcurrants, musk and game meat (hare). The palate is dominated by astringent tannins and highlighted by bright acidity, but the mouthfeel softens with age. These firm wines are amoung burgundy's most tannic and robust.