de Courcel – 2013

Update 5.2.2015(18.12.2014)billn

Tasted in Pommard with Yves Confuron, 07 November, 2014. I forgot to take his picture…

Domaine de Courcel
Place de l’Eglise
21630 Pommard
Tel: +33 3 80 22 10 64

Yves on 2013:
“These are rare wines – yields were anywhere between 5 and 9 hl/ha. There really isn’t very much and we may bottle everything in magnum – but bottling is still some way off. The wines are nice and ripe and actually I don’t think it useful even to talk about hail from a quality perspective as the wines speak for themselves. The last of the malos finished in September – I let them go at their own pace – we are in no rush here. I find them a little fresher than the riper 2012s. I’d consider the style to be the ripeness of 2011 with the shape of the 2010s.”

I note that on the subject of 2014, Yves was only prepared to say that yields were lower

The wines…

These will be pretty hard to source and are still months away from bottling, but for the long-term, every wine here is covetable.

2013 Pommard Vaumauriens
In this vintage, a single 350 litre (new) barrel.
Here is a rather pretty aromatic – and of good depth too. Some CO2 but super depth of flavour and density of fine fruit. Very tasty with a long, strong, stony finish.

2013 Pommard 1er Fremiers
Depth of aroma with a height of floral references. Wider, perhaps fresher, certainly more intense and complex flavour. Quite different to the direct, pretty fruit of the villages. Lovely…

2013 Pommard 1er Croix Noir
Much darker, tighter fruit. There’s CO2, but behind there’s much more tannin, a more direct fruit and more density. Fremiers is certainly the easier wine today – “Of-course, Fremiers is more Volnay, Croix Noir is more Pommard! “ says Yves.

2013 Pommard 1er Grand Clos Epenots
Here is higher-toned and redder fruit, perhaps with a little conserve aspect. In the mouth this is more direct, lithe and linear – still with lots of tannin, but with beautiful fresh fruit slipping between the gaps in the tannin.

2013 Pommard 1er Les Rugiens
Deeper colour here, wide, deep aromas too – yet it is a modest aromatic today. Fuller and rounder in the mouth with a weight of tannin, but slowly a gorgeous fruit expression comes through – though always battling somewhat with the structure today. I’d rather drink the Grand Clos today – it’s not better but it’s certainly easier!

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