Philosophy We like wines that offer the unexpected. The incredible diversity of Burgundy’s terroirs and the capacity of the Pinot Noir grape to resonate all of their variations, as a musical instrument would, are the pride of Burgundy. When one thinks of Pommard, one expects structured, powerful, concentrated wines. The “Les Frémiers” climat, which borders Volnay, lends unexpected freshness and smoothness.
Terroir This 1.6-ha plot is located south of the village of Pommard, towards Volnay. Adjacent to the “Les Fremiets” vineyard in Volnay, it shares the same elegance and maturity. “Les Frémiers” was the property of the Maizière Abbey, a daughter house of the Cîteaux Abbey, founded in 1125 in the Saône-et-Loire department. This named vineyard owes its name to the word “fremyer”, which meant “firm” or “robust” in Old French.
Vinification and ageing The grapes for the 2018 vintage were of exceptional quality. They were handpicked and carefully sorted once they arrived at the winery, which enabled us to select the very finest bunches of grapes, keeping 25% of them whole for vinification. Maceration was long and included regular punch-downs, maintaining the stems intact. After pressing, the young wines were transferred to barrels where they were allowed to age for 18 months (40% new oak).
Tasting notesLovely red colour with shades of mauve. A highly expressive nose redolent of delicate floral (rose, wild rose) and wild fruit (rosehip, tangy red berries) aromas, rooibos, hibiscus and cranberry. Lovely, fresh start to the palate, after which the wine’s tannins and pleasing acidity surfaces, accompanied by notes of wood (fruit trees, bark) and spices (thyme, juniper). The finish is rather precise and features pleasing ripe tannins that are typical of the 2018 vintage and the sign of excellent cellaring potential.