Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: Again ripe and rich. There's a sweetness here, and a lift despite the fruit being so blackly concentrated and powerful. Finish has tiny sensation of the whole bunch fermentation, but this carries and lifts the fruit.
Intensely fruited and salty in the mouth but without any superficial sweetness.
Hints of menthol, violet and spice add breadth to the very ripe earth-infused nose that speaks mainly of cassis. There is excellent concentration to the notably rich and opulently textured big-bodied flavors that also boast an abundance of sappy dry extract that coats the palate on the powerful and long finish. This too is markedly firm and a wine that’s going to need plenty of time to resolve the underlying tannic spine.
The Domain: The Domaine de Courcel is a 400-year-old family-owned winery located in the village of Pommard in the Côte d’Or. Its current owners, three sisters and one brother, are the descendants of the founders. Gilles de Courcel provides leadership for the domaine, the estate is managed by Anne Bommelaer and Marie de Courcel, and Yves Confuron has served as the winemaker since 1996. Its prestigious Pommard Premier Crus include Le Grand Clos des Épenots, Les Rugiens, Les Frémiers, and Les Croix Noires. Tradition, modernism, and excellence are the pillars of this domaine.