Across the Côte de Beaune, limestone-rich soils are perfect for producing our Bourgogne Chardonnay, a well-balanced, fruity and fresh wine showing the potential of the Chardonnay grape. The most approachable appellation of Burgundy summarizes the essence of the region’s native white grape. We see it as an entry door on all the Villages, Premiers Crus and Grands Crus Burgundy’s vineyards have to offer.
Flashes of soft green amplify the bright, light golden shine that illuminate the glass when this Bourgogne Blanc 2013 leaves the bottle. Singing in harmony together, aromas of white flowers and fruit trees dominate with nuanced traces of gunflint and mushroom. With aeration, citrus fruit confit, honey, butter, hazelnut and spices, deliver a warm and rich sensation. The palate is pleased by the wine’s fresh and intense balancing act. Half fermented in vintage casks, and half fermented in stainless steel tanks, gives this Chardonnay the ability to maintain its fruity essence while gaining much depth and roundness. Bourgogne Blanc 2013 is the perfect kickstarter for any party and will hold up in the cellar for six to eight years before peaking.
After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.
A green lemon hue greets the glass, instantly followed by an interesting intensity of primary aromas – think green lemon, lemon, gooseberry and grass. Delicious. Defined by its dry, moderate acidity and firm alcohol and body, there is a “greenish” flavor profile. This regional wine is well balanced and the finish is finite, but incredibly pleasing. Enjoy it today. Don’t delay.
Clear and pale with rays of lemony sunshine bursting through the glass, this 2015 Bourgogne Chardonnay makes a friendly, welcoming introduction. On the nose, there is a moderate intensity of aromas of white flowers, lemon, white peaches and delicate buttery notes. For the palate, there is balanced levels of acidity and alcohol coursing through a medium body and waves of lemon, peaches, butter and cream arriving in the mouth, before being enveloped by the smooth finish. Youthful, and dominated by primary aromas and flavours, this Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015 is ripe for enjoying today, but don’t discount the potential for aging. An excellent representation of a regional wine.
Simple and elegant
Behind its medium lemon color, this Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017 reveals an intense nose of peach and apricot. Dry, fresh and well-balanced, this white wine from Burgundy’s regional appellation reveals delicate notes of white flowers on the palate. It is a simple yet elegant Chardonnay, with an acidity that will allow it to age for another two to three years.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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For fifteen years, Jérôme Aucourt introduced tens of thousands of people around the world to the wines of Château de Pommard. His passion for Burgundy and his knowledge of wine was limitless. In memory of our friend, colleague, father, husband, and wine advisor, we have established the Jérôme Aucourt Scholarship at our Ècole V Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) professional wine school. Details of the scholarship program will be published soon. Jérôme is survived by his wife Allison, their two young children, his mother, father, and two brothers.