R Burgundy, Pommard 1er Cru, 'Les Rugiens,' Glantenay 2019

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100% Pinot Noir.

Cotes-du-Beaune. Les Rugiens is on the southeast-facing slopes at the base of the Côte d'Or, and the site benefits from sunlight for a long portion of the day. This gives it a favorable mesoclimate for viticulture, and grapes are given ample time to reach full phenolic ripeness in the cool Burgundy climate.

The muscular structure of the wine is often attributed to the rich iron content of the soil, which is evident to the layman by its red color. This rocky, calcareous soil covers hard limestone bedrock and provides good drainage. Vines have to work hard in this soil to find nutrients and hydration, a situation that helps to curb both vigor and yield. Small, high-quality berries are produced instead, making concentrated wines.

Critic Tasting Note: "This wine comes from the upper part of the Les Rugiens vineyard, the 65-year-old vines giving a powerful structure and richness. Tannins show strongly at this stage, but the scene is set for a rich, dense wine vibrant with perfumed and ripe black fruits. Drink from 2025." Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (94/100)

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