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Albert Bichot Pommard Clos Des Ursulines 2012

Vintage: 2012
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Size: 750ml
Grapes: Pinot Noir

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SKU: W-107-0203-QT-212

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Endowed with beautiful, deep garnet red color, this Pommard Clos des Ursulines reveals a fruity nose with aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and fig. Over the years these aromas will evolve toward notes of coffee and leather. Full and round on the palate with ripe tannins and rich, but not heavy, substance. This wine is powerful and well-structured yet remains subtle, elegant, silky and almost "feminine" due to the vineyard's proximity to Volnay. The finish is silky and velvety.

Serve with exquisitely prepared red meats, feathered game and wine sauces. This Pommard Clos des Ursulines is the perfect match for veal chops with shallots, lamb curry, stewed venison or roasted wild boar with port. It is also well-suited to most full-flavored cheeses.-Wine Maker's Notes

This red starts out with lush black cherry and raspberry fruit, turning lean and tough on the finish. Elevated by the vivid acidity, the tannins feel a little green and unripe. Best from 2017 through 2025. 1,600 cases made. - WS89

The 2012 Pommard Clos des Ursulines comes from Bichot’s Domaine du Pavillon team (see August issue for reviews on older vintages). After late malo-lactic fermentation it is being matured 40% in new oak. The nose is light and airy, nicely defined, but it needs to be anchored down into the wine a little. The palate is chewy on the entry with fairly dense black, lightly peppered fruit. It drifts toward the finish, needing just a touch more focus to really pull the wine together. Perhaps give this a year in bottle just to afford it time to do just that. -WA84-86

The Winery

Pommard is one of the most famous villages in the Côte de Beaune and is well-known for its red wines. The reddish-brown soil is rich in hard piedmont limestone which yields some of Burgundy's most tannic, robust wines. They are more powerful than the neighbouring wines from Beaune and are often considered to be "masculine" wines. The Clos des Ursulines, a peaceful haven dotted with centuries-old pine trees, is located at the heart of Pommard. It is undoubtedly this tranquillity that once enchanted the nuns from the Ursuline convent who were the first owners of the estate. This walled vineyard is now the favourite spot for the current generation of Bichot children to play at hide-and-seek when the family gets together for one of their grand reunions. This 4-hectare monopole is located at the southern end of the Pommard appellation toward Volnay. At the foot of the slope, clayey calcic brown soil overlies hard Middle Jurassic limestone. Facing east/south-east, this vineyard benefits from excellent exposure to the sun which yields quality fruit. The high proportion of clay in the soil lends both structure and depth to the wine.

Domaines Albert Bichot is a leading family-owned and -run negociant house and estate owner in Burgundy, formed in 1831 and now based in the town of Beaune. Amongst numerous awards it was voted Red Winemaker of the Year at the 2004 International Wine Challenge, and White Winemaker of the Year at the 2011 event.
,/br> The company owns four estates in distinct regions within Burgundy, each with its own vineyard holdings, winery and cellars. Domaine du Pavillon in Pommard includes the Corton Grand Cru Monopole Clos des Maréchaudes, while the flagship wine of Domaine du Clos-Frantin – based in Nuits-Saints-Georges – is a Vosne Romanée Premier Cru Les Malconsorts, and Château Long-Depaquit in Chablis controls the Grand Cru Monopole La Moutone. Domaine Adélie in Mercurey completes the quartet; in total the company owns around 100 hectares (247 acres) of vineyards across the wider region.
,/br> In addition, the Colbert winery in Beaune is devoted to all the regional wines (e.g. Bourgogne Pinot Noir) and some village-level wines. Facilities include modern temperature controlled fermentation tanks, though precise methods vary across the portfolio.

Fruit and wines are also sourced from a network of growers and other wineries. The company ages all of the wines released under its labels, and vinifies 60 percent of the regional appellations, 80 percent of the village wines, and all of its Premier and Grand Cru wines. - Information from Wine Searcher