2015 Domaine Billard Gonnet Pommard Pezerolles 1er CruPinot Noir from France
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"One of Burgundy’s most historical 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 ...
- 93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Outstanding. From 60+ year old vines. A ripe, fresh and very pretty nose combines liqueur-like notes of red and dark pinot fruit with those of earth and lilac. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the sleek and refined medium weight flavors that display plenty of minerality on the balanced and nicely persistent finale. There is plenty of sap and, somewhat oddly for a refined terroir like Pézerolles, Pommard-like tannins. Patience required."
"One of Burgundy’s most historical 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 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.
As Philippe states, “I make wine like my grandfather did.” The resulting wines favour a more structured, less fruit-forward style that requires some cellaring but reveal stunning, layered character and soul. For those of you looking for straightforward, traditional Burgundy without all the bells and whistles of modern winemaking methods, Billard-Gonnet is for you." -Importer
93 - Allen Meadows - Burghound
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|