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Domaine Glantenay Pommard 2016 £59.95
DOMAINE GLANTENAY POMMARD
Guillaume Glantenay is the sixth generation of his family to run this domaine, which he took over from his father in 2013. His father still works the estate’s eight hectares of vineyard, four of which are in Volnay, while Guillaume runs the new cuverie. For those who remember the wines from his father’s time, Guillaume has brought a greater elegance to the wines, and a lovely purity of fruit. He uses about 15-20% whole bunch to lift the perfumes and low toast oak to support rather than mask these aromas.
The vineyards are located in the commune of Pommard. Soils here are clay and limestone and the vines are Guyot trained. The crops are tended to by hand and are consistently monitored during the year in order to keep the amount of treatments required to a minimum.
After a mild winter, spring brought a devastating spell of cold weather which hit a record area of vines with an historic late frost at the end of April. Episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne ensured that this would be one of the smallest vintages of the last two decades. The vines subsequently began their growth cycle later than usual but hot sunny weather from June enabled the vines to catch up, flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, with the weather remaining fine and settled throughout the rest of the season.
The Pommard was fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and 20% was matured in new oak barrels for 15-18 months.
This wine has a deep, dark red colour with mauve highlights and an attractive nose of juicy bramble fruit. It is well structured on the palate, with grainy tannins and a good length. The oak is nicely restrained thanks to the small portion of wine that went into barrel.
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