From vines just above the village of Pommard, the dynamic Luc Bourgogne (believe it or not that is his real name!) is making silky, hillside Pinot Noir from this beautiful, Pommard-like Hautes-Côtes site. He is the fourth generation of the Bourgogne family to make wines here, having taken over full-time in 2012. With a small number of old vines in the Hautes-Côtes, the family does everything the old fashioned way. Almost everything is done exclusively by hand, translating to beautifully elegant, seamless and balanced Pinot Noir. This 2017 was hand-harvested, partially destemmed and aged for one year. It starts off with a touch of leather, bright red cherry and showy red berries. The palate is medium bodied and lush with dense with velvet tannin. This is a bottle to show to a friend who is new to Burgundy and wants a taste of the godly nectar. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.
Full of ripe red berries, this wine has rich tannins and a dense structure. Its weight comes as much from the juicy red fruit as the tannins. They give the wine plenty of potential and it will develop well to be ready from 2022.