On the fresher, more agile side of the Pommard spectrum but with tell-tale tannic grip. Clear, bright red fruits, notes of forest berry and sloe with a solid tannic foundation. The transparent, pure fruit characteristics are immediately appealing, although the solid tannic framework will need a few years in bottle to soften.
Etienne is one of Burgundy's great purists, his long-lived wines may need time but they are some of the most honest and terroir-driven wines in Burgundy. The wines are fermented using partial whole bunch vinification depending on the vintage, élévage is long and slow in their cold cellars and percentages of new oak are low. From some of the most vivid, intense Beaune's there are to perfumed, stylish Volnays and silky Vosnes Romanee, Etienne makes a borad range of some of Burgundy's most polished wines.
A commune in Burgundy renowned for producing the most powerful and tannic red wines of the Côte de Beaune. A dearth of good producers actually in Pommard has perhaps meant that the commune has not always realised its true potential. There are some very fine examples from, amongst others, Comte Armand, however many of the best Pommards seem to be made from producers outside of the village. The cool, moist heavy clay soils result in strong, muscular wines designed for ageing which are deeper in colour and usually more structured than those of its neighbour, Volnay.
Pommard spans from the border of Beaune to, on the south side, the edge of Volnay. On the Beaune side, the finest vineyards are Les Pézerolles and Les Épenots, including the Clos des Épeneaux monopole of Comte Armand. Towards Volnay is Les Rugiens, wines from the lower section, known as Les Rugiens Bas, are considered to have the potential to be the communes best and there are those who feel it is justified elevation to Grand Cru status.