Peter Maude Fine Wines

2022, Domaine Joannès Violot-Guillemard, POMMARD, 1er Cru, 'Rugiens'

$208 ex. GST
$239.20 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $259.21

The 2022 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens is excellent, wafting from the glass with aromas of plums and raspberries mingled with exotic spices, orange zest and petals. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, its textural attack segues into an unctuous core of fruit, concluding with a long, expansive finish. 93-94 William Kelley, Wine Advocate (2024).

Joannès Violot-Guillemard describes his 0.45 hectares of Rugiens as 'Rugiens-Haut, but next to Rugiens-Bas'. It is the only parcel planted against the slope; one-third of the grapes are now trained on stakes (echalas) and grown without trimming. The rest is classically trained. The vines have given a superb result in 2022, with expressive ripe cherry and pomegranate wine and a texture that is silky and supple but very persistent. There is not a lot of colour, but there is huge potential here. This wine should be ready to drink fairly soon after release and will undoubtedly last for decades — impressive wine. 95 Charles Curtis MW, Decanter (2023).

This has been racked unlike the others. Clearly a bigger build here, still with some of the white pepper and spice. This has a majestic yet balanced wealth of fruit, full bodied, with a fine long finish. The various red berry fruits keep washing back. Super in this exuberant whole bunch style. **** 92-95 Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy (2023).

An even spicier if moderately timid nose reluctantly offers up its perfumed aromas of plum, black raspberry and a whiff of rose petal. I very much like the sense of underlying tension to the relatively refined middleweight flavours that possess very good mid-palate volume as well as good depth and persistence on the youthfully austere finale. This intensely mineral-driven effort is excellent though like all competent examples of Rugiens, it's definitely built for extended keeping. 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound (2024).

Drinking Window: 2025 - 2055

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