To be honest, this is a relatively expensive bottle and it is also not what I expected when I ordered it – that’s burgundy I suppose – but I had assumed an (Anne) Parent bottle would be arriving, not a (François) Parent. Still, I like the individuality of the label, though I note that there’s nothing on said label that tells me whether the wine is domaine or merchanted! I’d already thrown away the cork, which (from memory) only said something like ‘bottled in our cellars’ – so frankly, I’m still none-the-wiser! That’s the mumbling from me over, I’m sure the wine can now speak for itself…
2006 François Parent, Pommard 1er Les Rugiens
Medium-colour. A sweet-ish, slightly meaty but rather more diffuse nose than I’d like – a little oaky cola too before finally giving way to some finer red berry notes. Fresh and quite intense, relatively velvet texture with a dark fruit personality. There’s a sneaky extra fruit dimension in the mid-palate – which is nice. The finish is reasonably long if rather understated. There are no nasty bits here, but for a Rugiens I find this rather underpowered, or should I say, rather ‘under-interested’. I liked it, but it hovers close to a grand cru price and I don’t see what’s in the glass as an ‘added value’ 1er – it was certainly trumped by yesterday’s Morey. I wouldn’t turn away if it ended up in the sales however!
Rebuy – Maybe