Notes from the producer:
"The Domaine de Courcel is a four-century-old family estate, located in the town of Pommard, in Côte-d'Or. Pommard, four kilometers south of Beaune, extends its vines on the southern slopes of the Côte de Beaune and is home to one of the best-known vineyards of red Burgundy. Established on 10.5 hectares, the Domaine de Courcel produces some of the best red wines of the Côte. Made from the great red grape variety of Burgundy, Pinot Noir, its wines are characterized by their minerality, their elegance and powerful tannins that blend into beautiful aromas of red fruits and toasted bread.
The Rugiens plot (1.07 ha) is flanked halfway up the hill to the south of Pommard, on the Volnay side, and rests on clay-marl soil. This plot includes a wide variety of soils, ranging from very superficial marly soil (0.2 m) upstream of the plot, to deep brown soil (0.8-1 m) downstream. Its orientation is east-west. Most plants are around 60 years old. The wines produced are very spicy (sweet spices going as far as cloves), very fine and airy, elegant and concentrated. The tannins at the end of the mouth, the small fruits of the forest, the very ripe raspberries, contribute to the long persistence of the wine."