Pommard - I don't drink it! Well you should start to reconsider your stance on this commune. Once the home of heavy, meaty, tannic wines Pommard is seeing the same care and attention that Corton enjoyed a decade ago and it is producing some wonderful, stylish wines.
Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot have been on a fast growth path. In the last five years they have expanded their holdings with some significant new 1er Crus is the Cote de Beaune.
The latest purchase was a 0.31 hectare parcel of the Pommard 1er Cru Les Arvelets. Les Arvelets is a steep vineyard located high on the slope at around 280 metres above sea level. The soil is red with many small stones.
The first vintage of Les Arvelets for Domaine Berthelemot is 2015. It will also be the last for almost a decade as the old vines (planted in 1953 and 1961) proved to be not particularly productive and the domaine has decided that long term it would be better off replanting.
2015, as I am finding at my tastings, is a superb Red vintage in Burgundy and one all serious Burgundy lovers need in their cellar.
I tasted the full range of 2015's at Domaine Berthelemot on Friday and my highlight was the Pommard 1er Cru Les Avelets. The domaine made just two barrels - the equivalent of 600 bottles.
Perhaps the decision to replant means this wine has been keenly priced by the domaine. It's a serious bargain!
I have selected this as my first Wine of the Day. It is a fantastic bottle at a ridiculously low price.
And we have decided to tempt you even further by offering the wine a 25% Pre Arrival Discount rather than the usual 15%.
So if you are partial to depth and complexity of old vines Burgundy, from a commune that ages exceptionally well, at a bargain price you should jump on this new release.
And being from 2015 the decision should be even easier!
Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot Pommard 1er Cru Les Arvelets 2015
Regular Pre Arrival Price $97.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $86.20
Darren Harris: Two barrels produced. One and two year old oak. Purple-red hue. Violets, raspberries, crunchy cherries. A little graphite. The palate displays all the fruits on the nose with a creamy texture no doubt from the old vines. There is a mid palate that combines a complex raspberry and violet sorbet with the cream and a real aromatic lift. Textured. Underneath there is some crushed stone. More Volnay than Pommard. And delicious. 100% whole bunch, complex, aromatic. The tannins fine and hidden beneath the fruit complexity. If you have a picture of Pommard based on wines of yesteryear you will be surprised. This is elegant Pommard personified. It's a one-off as the domaine will grub up the vines as the yields were ridiculously low.
That's a great price for Premier Cru Red Burgundy from a great vintage. With such low yielding old vines from a small land holding stocks are very limited. Be quick!
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