Style – tannic, powerful, long-lived, burly, full-bodied
Pommard is situated just south of Beaune itself. It produces the most powerful and tannic red wines of the Côte de Beaune, largely due to a high proportion of clay and iron in the soil. The wines exhibit power and weight and are incredibly ageworthy, despite no grand cru vineyards. Pommard often needs at least 10 years bottle age before it hits its stride. It is the Gevrey Chambertin of the Côte de Beaune and definitely has more in common with the red wines of the Côte de Nuits. The appellation is divided in the middle by the stream of the Avant Dheune. There are 211 hectares of village Pommard – much of this is on the flatter slopes underneath the premier crus but some interesting examples are found on the upper slopes. Valmuriens is one of the more remarkable vineyards, high up on a steep, east facing slope.
There are 28 premier cru vineyards over 125 hectares which fall into three main groups. the Beaune side; the Pommard side and the south facing vineyards towards Nantoux. On the Beaune side, the best vineyards lie at the foot of the slope where decomposed rock has been washed down from above. Located here is the excellent Clos des Epeneaux, a monopoly of Comte Armand. Not a premier cru itself, it lies between Les Grands and Petits Epenots. Just above Petits Epenots is Les Pézerolles, another great, lighter style of Pommard. On the Volnay side, the best vineyards are, more typically, mid-slope. The stand out vineyard here is Les Rugiens, although there is a big difference in quality between the upper (Haut) and lower part (Bas). It is Les Rugiens Bas that is the most sought after vineyard in Pommard and there has been talk of promoting it to Grand Cru level.