Smooth, Classy, Modern: New Pommard Premier Cru

A good French restaurant takes pride in its wine list. The restaurateur will curate a thoughtful collection of interesting wines, often from winemaker friends and acquaintances. And so when two of our favorite Beaune restaurants featured several bottles last year from a domaine we’d never heard of, we had to give them a try.

That’s our discovery story for the Domaine Borhmann, one of the most exciting finds we’ve made in years. Last fall we wrote about their exquisite white Saint-Aubin, and readers have been enjoying their vibrant, excellent Bourgogne rouge. Today we’re excited to release a new red from Bohrmann: Premier Cru Pommard.

Borhmann’s Premier Cru “La Chanière” is classic Pommard — big, muscly, earthy, and intense. The vineyard is a south-facing slope that receives excellent sun exposure. The hill is so steep that tractors are unusable — Borhmann uses a horse to plow the plot.

In the cellar they use 80% whole clusters, which lend a backbone and precision to the ripe, sun-filled palate. The wine sees 50% new oak barrels, but you would never guess it. The nose is gorgeous and spiced, with intense red raspberry fruit, alongside minerals and earth. As with all of Bohrmann’s other wines, the mouth is impeccably balanced: long, pure, clean, and gorgeous.

This wine has many happy years ahead of it, but it was delightful after an hour in a carafe at our warehouse tasting on Saturday. It’s dense, refined, immaculate red Burgundy of the highest degree.


Bohrmann Pommard 1er cru 2017
bottle price: $89

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