Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Francois Parent Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2002

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Finally a return to the Red Burgundy spotlight. The hot weather this summer in Vancouver put drinking complex Burgundy Pinot Noir on the backburner. Now that the summer is fading and cool weather returning, the time has come to resume the spotlight.

Rust and Power

I left off having looked at only two wines, both from Pommard. This, the final Pommard I will look at, is also from one of the top two Pommard vineyards (which, you’ll remember, uncharacteristically for Burgundy, lay on the flat lands rather than up the ridge): Rugiens. Named as such for the rust coloured soils, these are known to be wines of power.

The Parent name is one of the most important in Burgundy, with the family owning quite a few high quality vineyard land over the several domains. Francois Parent is married to A.F. Gros and makes his wines along with his wife’s at the same location in Beaune.

Vinification includes de-stemming, and cold-maceration for 4-7 days. New wood varies from 30% all the way up to 100% depending on the wine.

The Wine

A classic masculine Pommard that is terroir driven but not singing at the echelon I expected. Made in modern style with intense cherry fruit and subtle oak on the nose, along with the classic aged characteristic of balsamic.

Good acidity, with up front power. But the wine is disjointed with a medium length finish that falls off earlier than it should. Day 2 offered greater integration and balance and a better expression of fruit flecked with iron, soy and balsam. Despite its flaws this is a wine of terroir, clearly indicative of both Rugiens and Pommard. I worry that storage was less than ideal and for this price I would expect a lot more.

Very Good+
$165 at Liberty Wine Merchants

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