Wine Spectator 93 points - The oak spice and sweet smoke notes are deftly intertwined with cherry and currant flavors in this well-toned red. Balanced, with a firm base of tannins and flourishes of licorice, iron and sandalwood on the finish. Classy and long. Best from 2015 through 2030. 75 cases imported.-BS
(Jun 15 2013)
Vinous 94 points - Bright medium red, a bit less saturated than the Grand Clos des Epenots. Terroir-driven nose offers raspberry, cherry, iron, minerals and earth tones. Utterly seamless grand cru texture, but with the wine’s precision partly hiding its depth of flavor. A strong note of clove spice contributes energy. The slowly mounting, remarkably vibrant finish shows a refined touch to the tannins and outstanding length. There’s nothing thick or overripe about this beauty.
The Rugiens (1.07 ha) are located mid hill on the southern slopes, in between Pommard and Volnay. The ground, where both marlstone and clay can be found, is composed of a wide variety of soil. The superior part of the plot has a light (0.2m) soil of marlstone while the inferior part is reddish-brown and deeper (0.8-1m). The land is east facing. The vines are all around 60 years of age. The wines produced are spicy; sweet spices such as cloves. The wines, which are fine and very aerial, are both elegant and concentrated. The tannins, the aromas of blackberry and very ripe raspberry enhance a long finish.
|The Domaine de Courcel is a 400 year old family owned winery, located in the village of Pommard on the Cote d’Or. Its current owners, three sisters and one brother, are the descendants of the founders. The estate is managed by Anne Bommelaer and Marie de Courcel.
Pommard is four kilometers south-east of Beaune. The vines span on the southern « coteaux » (hillsides) of the Cote de Beaune, where is located one of the most prestigious vine-growing areas.
The Domaine de Courcel’s vineyard is planted on around 9.5 hectares. It produces one of the highest quality red wines of the Cote de Beaune. Its red wines, made from Pinot Noir, can be characterised by their elegance and minerality as well as their strong tannins, which blend in nicely with strong and beautiful aromas of red berries and toasted bread.
The vineyard is essentially composed of prestigious « Premier Crus ». As such, the Domaine is one of the largest estates of « Pommard Premier Crus ». The vineyard is composed of the following appellations : Le Grand Clos des Epenots, Les Rugiens, Les Fremiers, Les Croix Noires.
These four Premier Crus enjoy worldwide notoriety. Le Grand Clos des Epenots, which accounts for 50% of the Domaine’s production, and Les Rugiens are in a class of their own in Burgundy.
The Domaine also produces a Pommard Vaumuriens, a Bourgogne Pinot Noir as well as a Bourgogne Chardonnay.
Annual production, which never exceeds around 30 000 bottles, is sold throughout the world. The wines produced by the Domaine are frequently mentioned and reviewed in leading French or international wine publications.