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Domaine Billard-Gonnet Pommard 1er Cru Pézerolles 2011
For salt-of-the-earth, old school Burgundy look no further than Billard-Gonnet. One of Burgundy’s most historical domaines, it was originally created in 1766, which makes it by far one of the region’s most established. Today, it is run by the pensive yet charming Philippe Billard who has been at its helm for multiple decades. Sadly, he will be hanging up his vigneron hat soon to retire so these wines look to be amongst his last. Philippe’s Pézerolles parcel lies on what the French call “Roche Mère” (“mother rock”), which creates a tightly chiseled, yet powerful style of wine. However for the 2011, it also has an appealing roundness due to the softer characteristics of the vintage. Taut but polished, it displays attractive notes of damson plums and black cherries that lead to a slightly earthier finish.
Robin says "Billard-Gonnet wines are just like Philippe Gonnet describes them, "Like those of my grandfather". I love his authentic "old school" style. The vineyard of Pézerolles often makes a less structured style of Pommard due to its lighter soil. And this 2011 does embrace a more poised feel within his range. A characterful wine."
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