Vinous 92 points - Good bright red. Complex, ripe aromas of raspberry, cherry, iron, minerals, spices, pepper and truffley underbrush. The sweetest, supplest and most refined of these 2011s, offering lovely harmonious acidity to its red fruit, red licorice and mineral flavors. Really coats the mouth and vibrates on the long, firmly tannic finish, which features a late burst of ripe but lively red fruits. Winemaker Yves Confuron says the 2011s here have similar precision to the 2010s but more middle, although he believes that the wines have shut down following the September 2013 bottling.
92+ Points (Mar 2014)
Wine Advocate 89 points - Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens ‘11 has quite an intense, slightly tinny bouquet with tart red cherries, orange zest and damp earthy aromas. The definition is quite impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with bold and assertive tannins and there is real weight in the mouth. It is endowed with plenty of oak, although there is as much fruit tannin as wood on the austere finish. Difficult to see which way this will head, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and suggest giving time for it to coalesce. (Nov 2014)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Tightly wound and linear, with sandalwood, sweet spice and cedar notes accenting the cherry and strawberry flavors. Complex and dense, but will need time to unwind. Excellent length. Best from 2016 through 2028.—B.S. (Apr 9 2014)
The Rugiens (1.07 ha) are located mid hill on the southern slopes, in between Pommard and Volnay. The ground, where both marlstone and clay can be found, is composed of a wide variety of soil. The superior part of the plot has a light (0.2m) soil of marlstone while the inferior part is reddish-brown and deeper (0.8-1m). The land is east facing. The vines are all around 60 years of age. The wines produced are spicy; sweet spices such as cloves. The wines, which are fine and very aerial, are both elegant and concentrated. The tannins, the aromas of blackberry and very ripe raspberry enhance a long finish.
|The Domaine de Courcel is a 400 year old family owned winery, located in the village of Pommard on the Cote d’Or. Its current owners, three sisters and one brother, are the descendants of the founders. The estate is managed by Anne Bommelaer and Marie de Courcel.
Pommard is four kilometers south-east of Beaune. The vines span on the southern « coteaux » (hillsides) of the Cote de Beaune, where is located one of the most prestigious vine-growing areas.
The Domaine de Courcel’s vineyard is planted on around 9.5 hectares. It produces one of the highest quality red wines of the Cote de Beaune. Its red wines, made from Pinot Noir, can be characterised by their elegance and minerality as well as their strong tannins, which blend in nicely with strong and beautiful aromas of red berries and toasted bread.
The vineyard is essentially composed of prestigious « Premier Crus ». As such, the Domaine is one of the largest estates of « Pommard Premier Crus ». The vineyard is composed of the following appellations : Le Grand Clos des Epenots, Les Rugiens, Les Fremiers, Les Croix Noires.
These four Premier Crus enjoy worldwide notoriety. Le Grand Clos des Epenots, which accounts for 50% of the Domaine’s production, and Les Rugiens are in a class of their own in Burgundy.
The Domaine also produces a Pommard Vaumuriens, a Bourgogne Pinot Noir as well as a Bourgogne Chardonnay.
Annual production, which never exceeds around 30 000 bottles, is sold throughout the world. The wines produced by the Domaine are frequently mentioned and reviewed in leading French or international wine publications.