La Lumière Noire: 2019 Burgundy – Côte de Beaune (Dec 2020)

The 2019 Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru comes from 90-year-old vines, including 20% whole bunches and the same percentage of new oak. It is very expressive on the nose with brambly red berry fruit, briary, sous-bois and light rose petal scents. This is one of the prettiest Les Rugiens that I have tasted. The palate is succulent on the entry with rounded raspberry and cranberry fruit. Perhaps I would have liked more terroir expression, more tension on the finish of this Les Rugiens, but it does feel very long and tender. Give it 3-4 years in bottle.