Solely owned by the family, this is Pommard’s tiniest 1st Growth, located in the heart of the village, in view of the sturdy church tower. The vines are seriously old (planted in 1954), the grapes being 100% de-stemmed in 2018. They fermented in two barrels which were rolled, but not punched down or pumped over. Production was less than 300 magnums in 2018, giving a fascinating wine of singularly spicy perfume with chewy, richly textured, long flavoured, mellow fleshiness (for drinking 2023-2035+). Allocations are tiny here.
Domaine Joannès Violot-Guillemard
This estate is a little-known jewel, making wine in Pommard for 5 generations, farming organically since 1999. 6 hectares in cultivation has now grown to more than 8, thanks to a family inheritance, and Joannès has taken over prime responsibilities from his father Thierry. The latter’s philosophies still drive the methods, however. As Thierry used to say. “I want to keep my terroirs healthy. No yeasting, no reverse osmosis, not too many technical interventions and not too much wood, so as not to alter the taste of the wine. I love the delicacy and the elegance, the distinctive Pinot, and above all, the fun!” This is very much a family Domaine, with Thierry’s wife Estelle, Joannès’s mother, being hands-on throughout the vineyard year, which includes cultivating micro-organisms to vivify the composts. Joannès talks about the small changes he has introduced. “From 2019, we retained a higher proportion of whole bunches in the red wines than in the past, and I decided to rack the reds from barrel before the autumn, in preparation for bottling in November.” The pursuit of harmony is constant here.