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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown|
Looking for an affordable introduction to wines of the great Côtes de Beaune village of Pommard? Look no further than this Bourgogne Rouge from Jean-Louis Moissenet-Bonnard! This Burgundy is a blend from three plots (Taupe-Maison-Dieu, En la Taupe and Croquamot), all planted with 30-45 year old pinot noir vines. The domaine has been in the family for eight generations, and Jean-Louis took over winemaking in 1988, with the idea of putting into practice the philosophies he learned from his parents, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Jean-Louis farms using the ‘lutte raisonnée’ method, avoiding herbicides and pesticides, plowing in order to help the vines dig deep to extract the richness of the soil, and maintaining biodiversity and mycorrhization through grass/groundcover around the rows. Grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and completely destemmed. Fermentation utilizes indigenous yeast, and the wine is then aged over 12 months in older oak barrels. This cuvée is named in honor of Jean-Louis' great-uncle Paul, who gave his portion of the domaine inheritance to Jean-Louis' great-grandmother in order to keep the family vineyard undivided. The essence of Pommard: this is generously rich, masculine in character, with earthy tannins and notes of violets, forest floor, and pine melding with dark black summer fruits of raspberries, cherries, and currants. A soft, savory mouthfeel combines intensity and depth with rustic elegance. Jean-Louis bottles his wines unfiltered and they are delicious to drink now but will also age beautifully. Organically grown.