Dubreuil-Fontaine Pommard Epenots 1er Cru 2017

2017
Pinot Noir
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine
$68.00

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

 

Our tasting impressions

Some informed Burgundy palates consider this the best wine from Dubreuil-Fontaine. Every year makes a stronger case for that contention. In some ways, this may have been the most backward of our tasting. That's due to the great structure which belies the lighter vintage. I think by the summer of 2020, this Epenots will be showing very well.

 

About this wine

100% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 35 years old in Grands and Petits Epenots. While many believe that fruit from Grands Epenots is superior, Christine finds no qualitative difference and blends them randomly.

 

The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The 17-day fermentation is in stainless steel vats with punching down occurring twice a day. The wine spends 20 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new.  Annual production is 3,500 bottles. Bill Nanson of the Burgundy Report calls it his favorite wine from this estate.

 

About the Grape

Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates.  The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity).  Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.

 

Christine's view of the vintage

A pleasant early start but April was really warm. On the same day as in 2016, the frost hit but this time no real damage. The summer was dry and warm. Harvest began on August 31st, only the fourth vintage (2003, 2007 & 2011) to begin before September. The crop was healthy and abundant, producing round and fruity wines with soft tannins. Pleasant wines for earlier drinking.

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

Christine Dubreuil is a fifth-generation winemaker and owner of this Domaine located in Pernand-Vergelesses. Her wines are elegant, charming, and delicious - each wonderfully depicting its vineyard.

 

The Domaine makes more than 20 different wines. The 20-hectare estate is sizable, by VDLT standards and generates close to 100,000 bottles per year.

 

Christine is a leader in supporting women winemakers. Her daughter Clémentine, who is training with mom, appears to be following in her footsteps.

 

Chief has known Christine and her family for many years. They have spent many wonderful evenings enjoying great food and splendid older vintages from the Dubreuil-Fontaine cellar.