Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Burgundy, France
Tasting notes: A gentle fermentation using native yeasts results in a charming wine, with a bright cherry note and a silky finish. This drinks much more like a village Pommard than like a simple Bourgogne Rouge. It is bright and fresh, with a bit of grip on the finish and lovely character.
The Domain: This Domaine, run by two sisters, Mireille Desmonet and Claudie Jobard, makes lovely wines in Pommard. The Cuvée Milliane is named after their grandmother, and comes from a 1/2-hectare parcel in the town of Pommard, with vines of more than 55 years of age. Claudie Jobard has an enviable pedigree when it comes to viticulture. Her mother, Laurence Jobard, is recognized as one of the best oenologists in France and was the winemaker for Joseph Drouhin for over twenty years, known for the esteemed wines she made under her father’s name (Gabriel Billard). Claudie’s father, Roger, was a pépiniériste viticole (a nurseryman producing vines), descended from generations of experts in this field that was the family business. Claudie, the 8th generation in her family, currently makes small quantities from the fruit of her family’s ancestral vineyards.