In this three-bottle vertical, you’ll receive one bottle each of the following Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Les Vignots Pommard 2015 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Les Vignots Pommard 2016 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Les Vignots Pommard 2017
While Pommard abuts Volnay, the commune’s wines could not be more different. Owing to a watercourse that runs through it, the soils are a mishmash with considerably more clay and iron content than Volnay’s meagre limestone flecked sites, higher up the slope. Pommard boasts 212 hectares of village vineyards and 125 hectares of Premier Cru, yet contrary to most Burgundian communes, Pommard’s best sites are lower down the hillside where the once-vigorous river washed decomposed rock.
‘Les Vignots’, a prized ‘lieu dit’ or specific vineyard that is not classified as Premier Cru, produces a wine of enough complexity to warrant it being named on a label.
The ferrous soil content manifests as burlier, more deeply coloured structured wines, historically fashionable because of their richness and capacity to age. In fact, Pommard’s wines demand cellaring which partly accounts, perhaps, for Volnay’s usurping the mantle of popularity more recently.
If one sought Pommard’s brethren on the Côte de Nuits, it would surely be Nuits Saint George and Gevrey Chambertin. Interestingly, these communes also have water sources running through them to deliver firm expressions of a ferrous glint.
While Pommard’s wines can be cited as four-square, the prevalence of clay benefits warmer vintages such as 2015 due to its water holding capacity and the facility to promote water to the vines. In vintages of concentration and purity, as with 16’s frost-struck crop, Pommard’s tendency toward unbridled power is unleashed with a tannic pungency. 17, meanwhile, is the purist’s vintage. It boasts delicious aromas of a red to gentle dark berry spectrum, a whiff of anise and a ferruginous underbelly that is undeniably Pommard DNA. Strong fealty to place is evident across Nicolas’ wines. Vintage variables, clear. His Pommard Les Vignots is nevertheless burnished with a bit more whole-bunch. This approach is synergistic with the wine’s overall structural mettle.
"The 2015 Pommard Village Vignots includes 30% whole cluster fruit and comes from the parcel adjacent to Lalou Bize-Leroy's. It has a mixture of red and black fruit, chalk dust and a hint of orange rind, all with fine vivacity. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile, chalky tannin on the entry. There is just the right amount of backbone and reserve in this Pommard, the finish is spicy with touches of black pepper on the aftertaste. This is very fine."
(89-91) points, Wine Advocate (December 2016)
"The 2016 Pommard Les Vignots includes a new parcel of vines. It has a very fragrant bouquet with chalk dust filtering through the well-defined red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with ripe tannin, quite dense in the mouth with brine-tinged black fruit that feel quite structured and solid on the finish. This is another excellent Pommard from Nicolas Rossignol."
(90-92) points, Wine Advocate (December 2017)
"The 2017 Pommard Les Vignots is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild berries, potpourri and subtle grilled meats. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and nicely concentrated, with good depth at the core, vibrant fruit tones and fine but chalky structuring tannins. This year, it's my favourite of Rossignol's two Pommard AOC bottlings."
(89-91) points, Wine Advocate (January 2019)
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.