2015 Billard Gonnet Pommard Chaponnieres Vieilles Vignes 1er CruPinot Noir from France
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"One of Burgundy’s most historic domaines, it was originally created in 1766, which makes it by far one of the region’s most established. Today, it is run by the pensive yet ch...
- 93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Outstanding. From 65+ year old vines. This too is notably ripe yet retains a lovely sense of freshness on the liqueur-like blend of red pinot fruit, warm earth and forest floor nuances. The palate impression of the bold and robust flavors is more powerful still while displaying an abundance of dry extract that does a fine job of buffering the notably firm tannic spine shaping the rich and sappy finish. This is very definitely old school in style and as such, plenty of patience will be required."
"One of Burgundy’s most historic domaines, it was originally created in 1766, which makes it by far one of the region’s most established. Today, it is run by the pensive yet charming Philippe Billard who has been at its helm for multiple decades. He farms 10 hectares of vineyards which range from 15-65-years old and are mostly located within Pommard 1er Cru appellations such as Chaponnieres, Clos de Verger, Pezerolles and Rugiens-Bas.
Allen Meadows is a true fan of Philippe’s wines, firmly stating numerous times in his Burghound review, “Philippe Billard runs what is one of the most under-rated domaines in the entire Côte de Beaune. The wines are old school but not especially rustic or austere, and they are unapologetically built for long-term aging.
I am often asked exactly which domaines do I put in my personal cellar; well, Billard is one of them.” Their vines are farmed as naturally as possible, only using vineyard treatments when absolutely necessary. Winemaking is understandably traditional, though all grapes are destemmed and sorted beforehand. They are then fermented in open vats with some temperature-control and aged in oak barrels, but only 25% or so are new. They are neither fined nor filtered before bottling." -Importer