2016 Domaine Heitz-Lochardet Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

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(Domaine Heitz-Lochardet Pommard "Les Rugiens" 1er Cru Red) Here the slightly less elegant and more deeply pitched nose offers up an attractively fresh and well-layered array of cherry, raspberry, violet, acacia and plenty of spice nuances. As one would expect, the medium weight plus flavors are notably bigger and more muscular with excellent power and drive on the delineated, mineral-inflected and much firmer finish. This youthfully austere effort is classic Rugiens and as such will need at least a decade of patience and probably more like 12 to 15 years of it. (Drink starting 2028).

Burghound | 93 BH
The 2016 Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru has a crisp and refined bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit, briary and light sous-bois aromas. Classic in style, this feels refined and yet does not shortchange in terms of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a rigid backbone. Quintessentially Pommard, there is just the right amount of dryness to get the saliva flowing. This is a serious, almost aloof Pommard that will not appeal to those with a penchant for more fruit-driven, Volnay-like Pinot Noir. For serious Pommard-lovers only. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting. (DIAM 5 closure).

Vinous Media | 92 VM

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Vintage 2016
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine Heitz-Lochardet
Rating 93 BH
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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