- Pommard 1 er Cru (Pinot Noir, vine age: 55 years) . - Wine characteristics -
Beware of preconceived notions! The fame of Pommard in the 19th century earned it the image of a wine that is both forceful and virile. In reality, time, terroir and methods of vinification have all combined to create a more subtle reality, a wine that is both richer and more sensitive. Its colour is the deep, dark red with mauve highlights which caused Victor Hugo to speak of it as « night in combat with day ». Its aromas are redolent of blackberry, bilberry, or gooseberry, cherry pit and ripe plum. Often, wild and feline notes develop with age. At full maturity, it tends towards leather, chocolate and pepper. It needs to be given time to open up to its fullest extent and to display its mouth-filling texture, its firm but delicate structure, its fruit-filled mouth, and its chewy tannins, which by then will be properly smoothed down. A « rich » wine ? Certainly.
- Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc (Chardonnay, vine age : 15 years) . - Wine characteristics -
The whites (Chardonnay, or very rarely Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris) are white-gold to pale gold in colour, or, if aged in barrel, yellow gold. Notes of aubepine and honeysuckle mingle with apple, lemon, white deadnettle and hazelnut. In the mouth, they are fleshy, solidly built, well-balanced, and with an easily-recognisable touch of friskiness which improves their aging potential.
The wine quality depends essentially of soil and wine-grower know-how. These two aspects are very important to Alain J. He works on complex wine to display soil specific aromas.
He produces 22000 bottles per years. All the production is sold in the year, so, for interested people, don't hesitate to reserve yours bottles.