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Average critic rating : 89.5 points

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Here too there is a moderate application of oak surrounding the very spicy and pungently earthy mélange of red and dark currant aromas that display just a hint of the sauvage. There is excellent richness, size, weight and volume to the velvet-textured medium weight plus flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in an impressively persistent if ever-so-slightly bitter finish. The underlying tannins appear to be fully ripe and I would attribute the bitterness to the wood treatment which should round out with a few years of bottle age. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2024+

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The 2012 Pommard Village has a conservative, strict nose with tightly wound scents of blackberry leaf and briary. The palate is well-balanced, quite succulent and Volnay-like with a prickle of spice towards the finish. This is fine for a village cru although personally I prefer the Volnay village this year. ||Jean-Pierre Charlot spoke of the demoralising effect of the 2012 and 2013 vintages. There was a slight air of resignation about the friendly giant of Volnay. Watching helplessly as vast swathes of vineyard are destroyed in the blink of a teary eye by hail provokes the question: “Well, what is the point?” To put a number on that, his 35 parcels that together constitute around 10 hectares was approximately 60% down in 2012 and to be honest, I didn’t want to ask about 2013 since I did not want to pile on the pain. But I continue to hold Jean-Pierre in the highest regard – he is the quintessential Burgundy vigneron with an innate knowledge of winemaking that makes him one of the most respected, if not high-profile, in the region. His wines are a masterclass in under-statement, letting the terroir do all the talking via relatively low alcohol levels plus a prudent use of oak (mostly Damy) and sulfur. The magic happens when you allow his wines to age in bottle. Having had the privilege of vintages back to the 1960s, I can vouch that they have an unerring ability to mature with grace and style, which is not always obvious in their youth. His 2012s are well worth seeking out in their diminished quantities, wines that I would love to have in my cellar. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013

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