I don’t think I’ve had a Billard-Gonnet before – it seems that that may have been a mistake. I also don’t know the vineyard – two mistakes already.
To avoid a third mistake and while it’s 30°C outside, this had another 20 minutes in the refrigerator before opening – it came from the 18°C cellar – which isn’t bad for mid-summer but needs an extra ‘foil’ to defend the heat. Anyway it was quite a lovely wine, which was bought locally for ~25 Euros…
2004 Billard-Gonnet, Pommard 1er Clos des Vergers
Rather deeply coloured. The nose starts tight, clean, slightly floral but gets progressively more impressive with red fruit that has a twist of blueberry in the mix – despite being primary it becomes very lovely – there is a hint of the vintage green somewhere but it’s on such a low level it is really additive. The palate is linear and intense, also very clean and mineral even. It’s just a little more unruly in the mid-palate but only because it’s so effusive. It’s a lower-case finish showing a slightly creamy undertone. This is very impressive for a 2004, I must look out for the 2005!
Rebuy – Yes