Vincent is one of a small crop of young growers passionate about good wine who are gradually taking back, bit by bit, their family vines that were originally leased out to négociants. His small Domaine amounts to 5 hectares of Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard vineyards that are treated with the utmost care and respect. The purity of Vincent’s wines is staggering, owing to the fact that he won’t put his name on anything unless he is 100% happy with it; in 1999, for example, yields for his Pommard Villages were slightly too high, resulting in a wine that did not quite come up to his own high standards, so he sold it off to a local négociant.
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.