First off allow me to truthfully state, I had full intentions of tasting a Syrah or Alsatian white for my next tasting and ended up again staring at red Burgundy’s. It’s bound to happen that’s just where my body always leads me at the moment. It’s interesting when you start drinking wines from all over how your body begins to crave certain wines at different times of the year and your life. Wine speaks to the soul in so many ways it’s no surprise drinking habits can change as dramatically and suddenly as the weather. Although this is also another Pinot Noir from the Cote De Beaune, the soil in Pommard offers quite different styles of terroir than that of the not to distant village of Chassagne-Montrachet.
Nestled in between the Burgundy villages of Beaune and Volnay is Pommard. A small quiet town almost made up entirely of the Pinot Noir vines its wines are famous for. Pommard is believed to be a reference for Pomona the Roman goddess of fruit bearing trees. Pommard is mainly known for its Premier Cru wines since it lacks a sub-appellation worthy of the Grand Cru ranking. Don’t let this discourage you from its wines at all, Pommard’s Premier Crus have held up against the test of time.
History of Pierre Andre
Original formed by Pierre Andre in 1923 when he fell in love with and purchased the Castle of Corton Hill, it remained in his family until 2002 when they sold the castle and its lands to the Domain Ballande group. Although no longer run by the family that made its wines famous, these parcels and vines are still producing great grapes and thus great wines. The label still features a small rendering of the castle’s famously recognizable tiled roof, a style that was widely popular in the Burgundy region during the 19th century.
- Pierre Andre Pommard 2011
Medium Bodied 13% Alc by Vol.
Approximate Price $30-35 Full Bottle
Color : Brick Red W/ Ruby Hues
100 % Pinot Noir
It is important to note that I am not drinking one of Pierre Andre’s Premier Cru Pommard’s this bottle is made up of grapes from the villages A.O.C.’s . The nose on this wine can come off very abrasive with its apparent alcohol at first. I recommend letting it breathe a bit before plunging in nose first. It opens with tart red fruits, dark cherry, pomegranate, light plum and finishes out with hints of licorice and burnt chocolate. Oak is ever-present on the nose and palate and this wine is in fact aged for 18 months in 30% new french oak barrels. On the palate this red Burgundy drinks quite different. The wine’s medium tannin and tart acidity mingle in a back and forth rhythm, light hints of smoky dark fruits and small iron flecks round off the body of this wine in a totally different direction as the nose first indicated. I gave this bottle three stars out of five because I found the acidity and overall flavor profile lacked a certain cohesiveness. None the less not a bad bottle in any way. I quite enjoyed it with my dinner of Ravioli and Italian sweet sausages and would imagine it going well with other pork or perhaps even lamb dishes. Soft cheeses are the way to go with this earthy red.