Exhibiting generous aromas of cherries, espresso roast, dark chocolate and baking spices, the 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens is medium to full-bodied, deep and elegantly muscular, with a broad-shouldered chassis of powdery tannin, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. This has turned out very well, though it will require patience.
Matured with 20% whole bunch and the same level of new oak, the 2018 Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru has an elegant, refined bouquet that gradually unfurls to reveal blackberry, briar and light wild strawberry scents, the stems lending a little pepperiness. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and very well-judged acidity. Delivers impressive tension and structure toward the linear, very persistent finish. This is an outstanding Les Rugiens, one of the best you will find this vintage.