Michel Rebourgeon – 2020


Delphine, William & Steve Whitehead 2021 Domaine Michel RebourgeonTasted in Pommard with Delphine, William & Steve Whitehead 22 October, 2021.

Domaine Michel Rebourgeon
7, place de l’Europe
21630 Pommard
Tel:+33 3 80 22 22 83
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Willaim & Steve on 2020:
2020 – well, it’s a small volume here. It was the first year of our organic conversion and we ended up with 28-30 hl/ha, which was just a touch more than we produced in 2019. We started our harvest on the 22nd of August and were finished already by the 29th! We only had about 16 hl/ha in 2021 too, so we don’t have much stock!

The wines…

A classy selection here – some wines worth a special search…

Not planning to bottle much before March – even if the stocks are low! “These wines really need a proper elevage which we think is about 16-18 months, depending on the vintage.

2020 Bourgogne Côte d’Or
All oak for the Bourgogne but none new – 11-12 months elevage, typically – this now bottled.
The colour of the vintage – but still transparent. Perfumed fruit – that’s really very nice. There’s power here but delivered with fine direction and melting flavour – you could keep this as long as you like. The accents are all local with pretty fruit and a fine, long, finish. That’s seriously great Bourgogne – made from only 25 hl/ha though!

Now all tasted from barrel:

2020 Beaune 1er Epenottes
Second vintage after replanting around 2015/2016
Also an attractive width of freshly perfumed aroma. A deeper red fruit note in the flavours, the texture a little finer – micro-grained tannin and slowly, languorously leaching more flavour over the palate – such a lovely Beaune in style of 2020

2020 Beaune 1er Chouachoux
Older vines here. A less-seen 1er that sits below Vignes-Franches.
Some spice from the oak is the first aromatic impression but with, overall, plenty of freshness. Fuller in the mouth – an extra clarity and attractive openness to the flavour – this is excellent – a 1er you don’t see so often but this is lovely.

2020 Volnay 1er Brouillards
Wide with lovely freshness – that’s very attractive nose despite being quite tight in the depth. Extra floral character to the fruit, a touch more grain to the tannin but all is ripe here. Freshly perfumed finishing too – a super Brouillards – a cru that I often like a lot. Finishing with plenty of tannin – it is next to Pommard!

2020 Volnay 1er Carelle sous la Chapelle
Right next to the Hospices parcel – 75 year-old vines.
A nose that only very slowly opens but a sweet and pretty red fruit slowly starts to rise from the glass – very elegant. Quite a silky texture. The first wine that shows a little oak but that will fade to almost nothing in the next 12 months. Much finer-grained tannin and no drying aspects. Simply a delicious, proper, Volnay 1er…

2020 Pommard Perrières
95 years-old vines on the other side of the road – opposite – de Courcels Clos des Epenots.
A darker fruit and a deeper perfume – but perfume it is! Direct, like an Epenots, faintly grained with tannin. Melting with cool dark fruit. That’s a seriously great villages – and like an Epenots I think you can keep this as long as you like. Great length too – bravo.

2020 Pommard Noizons
Second vintage from 1939 vines – Hospices de Beaune vines on both sides.
An airy and attractive perfume, but really quite a tight nose today. Fresh – more fresh – cool fruit again. Here the shape is more about the width of flavour than the direct style of the last wine. Delicious fruit of fine intensity in the middle and finishing flavours. Simply excellent, my preference for the last is down to my personal taste more than the quality of either…

2020 Pommard Cuvée William
Three parcels combined with all new oak
Less colour, A much deeper nose, smoky from the barrel. Super texture – wide and a little saline too. Smoky accents in the middle flavours. There’s plenty of tannin to finish but almost no grain to see. A very different style but it has lots of great aspects…

2020 Pommard 1er Pezerolles
Like the last a little less colour. The old vines but now being pulled out as the yield was so low. The nose is again rather tight but very slowly there’s some attractive floral perfume starting to show itself. Beautiful – here is depth of flavour, attractive texture, concentration – but for Pommard very elegant – very attractive indeed. A nose short of great today. Love!

2020 Pommard 1er Charmots
A clos but with no tractor access so everything has to be done by hand.
Starting just a little more open to start – again a very perfumed style. A little more intensity, a little more structural too – all by degrees! More Pommard than the supreme elegance of the last – but super wine and beautifully perfumed flavour. Quite saline finishing in this case.

2020 Pommard 1er Rugiens
Vines from ’81 – the bottom of the top part of the vineyard – next to Armand Heitz.
Extra colour again. A more vertical nose – not so wide but with depth and height – a subtle spicy component here. Ooh – that’s beautiful in the mouth – textured similarly to the Pezerolles but more architecturally structured and fresh. Extra complexity here. That’s a great wine again – with a very elegant style for the label.

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