Domaine Joannès Violot-Guillemard, Pommard
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 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 is introducing: “For 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, and the 2019 vintage a great success, in both colours.