Isabelle & Denis Pommier – 2020


Denis & Isabelle Pommier 2022Tasted in Poinchy with Isabelle & Denis Pommier, 25 January 2022.

Domaine Isabelle & Denis Pommier
31 Rue de Poinchy
89800 Chablis
Tel: +33 3 86 42 83 04
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Denis on the 2021 vintage:
We made 25 hl/ha – which isn’t much but it’s still more than we made in 2017…

Denis on the 2020 vintage:
2020 was about 40 hl/ha here, so it’s also not a big vintage. It’s a bit early for me to say if its better or not than 2019 – I think it’s too early to say – I like the finishing salinity of the 19s I don’t always see that in the 20s. Yet, with the elevage and the colder winter months, there’s a strict, saline style coming through that we didn’t have a month or two ago

The wines…

The whites are sleek, sweeping wines of minerality and purity. I’m happy to see a couple of reds that are completely free of the greens too – at least for me today…

Use DIAM here, except the pinot which is cork. The first two are bottled:

2020 Petit Chablis Hautérivien
From the commune of Villy in the main.
That’s a nice agrume nose, yellow fruited. Plenty of concentration – there’s some richness here – but it’s mineral and mouth-watering too. Vibrant finishing too – oh this is very good…

2020 Chablis
About half is Portlandian, vinified in tank just like the PC
A little more freshly mineral but also a little less open nose than the PC. Direct, mineral, beautifully mouth-watering with a small frame of phenolic texture – I love the growing intensity here too, the slightly strict nature and citrus-skins in the finish. That’s excellent…

Now tank samples:

2020 Chablis Les Reinettes
30-year-old vines on Kimmerigian
Narrower, very mineral, not fully open. A bit more gas but also with more floral energy that brings width. Again a nicely citrus skin finish. The previous wine is more ‘together’ today but the various parts of this suggest that it could be even better when it all knits…

2020 Chablis Croix au Moines
Over 55-year-old vines a massale selection with 25% seeing barrel elevage.
That’s much more open, showing a little, attractive, noble reduction too. Wide, intense, super minerlaity – the slightly strict style again but that’s really got tons of potential – bravo!

2020 Chablis 1er Troismes
Prior to 2016 the domaine labelled this as Beauroy
Again a nose with minerality to the fore and here with a hint of reduction. Wide and strict again – a vibrant, almost dynamic style to this wine. Impressive but it says keep me in the cellar – I’d be waiting at least a couple of years.

2020 Chablis 1er Côte de Lechets
20% barrel elevage – but I don’t note it…
Also a little reductive from the tanks. Super again – this time with the energy (again) but also a slightly higher level of juiciness. Clean citrus acidity slicing through the finishing flavour. This could be great!

2020 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
Again reductive but a more ‘noble’ reduction – it’s very attractive. Super open, with a rather fluid delivery of flavour. A little extra acidity showing today – wait for this to calm – if it calms we will have a great wine here… A smaller finish but persistent with a extra florals…

2020 Pinot Beurot
Bought grapes but harvested by this domaine – vines in Joigny – ‘We’ve made this since 2017 as that year we had such a reduced volume due to frost. Vinfied in tank but elevage in barrel.’
Wider with a touch of menthol. Reallöy mouth-filling but with impressively growing intensity narrowing quickly but holding a long if subtle finish.

Did someone say pinot?

2020 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
A plain-south-facing hillside towards Auxerre. All barrel elevage, some new but mainly older
That’s a lovely nose – very pure and perfumed. Mouth-filling – there’s sweetness and energy here – simply a lovely wine. A little structural shape and tannin suggesting waiting 2-3 years but this is fine and juicy pure pinot – it’s delicious!

2020 Irancy
Various parcels assembled. A fine and pure red fruit – nothing green. More power, more kirsch, more mouth-filling – again more structure – you should wait a little longer for this one.

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