Winemaker Notes: Four parcels—Cras, Poisots, Saussilles and Vaumuriens—totaling 3 acres with the vines averaging 54 years old. The village of Pommard is located between Volnay and Beaune, it has a little more than 500 inhabitants. Like Volnay, the Pommard appellation is exclusively composed of vines planted with Pinot Noir grape varieties. It has 29 climates classified as premier cru, revealing rich and deep wines
This venerable fifth-generation domaine has holdings in the top vineyards of both Volnay and Pommard. Joseph Voillot's son-in-law, Jean Pierre Charlot, is now the managing director; he worked closely with Joseph from 1980 until Joseph’s retirement in 1995. For many years, Jean Pierre was a professor at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, where he taught several of Burgundy’s rising stars. He’s a meticulous man, and what interests him is handling the challenging years when the vineyard work, triage at harvest, and careful cellar practices really pay off. It’s immediately evident when tasting through the domaine’s range that these are true “vins de terroir” (thus the judicious use of new oak), and each wine at every level reflects its origin. Anyone who wants to grasp the essence of Volnay and Pommard needs to look no further than Domaine Joseph Voillot.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "As usual, the 2018 Pommard Vieilles Vignes is a touch more muscular than the corresponding Volnay, but it's no less refined this year, delivering aromas of plums, cherries and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety, nicely concentrated palate"
Vinous - "The 2018 Pommard Vieilles Vignes has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet with iris petals and a touch of rose infusing the mixture of red and black fruit, a little earthy in style. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry, fine structure and a tad more expressive than the Volnay at this precise time. Good length here with a tingle on the tongue after the wine has departed."
Burghound - "Slightly riper and a bit more deeply pitched aromas are comprised by wisps of plum, pungent earth, spice and just enough wood to mention. The velvety, round and delicious larger-scaled flavors also conclude in a mildly rustic finish that exhibits a hint of acid-tinged tang.
Producer note: I met this year with Jean-Pierre Charlot and his nephew Etienne Chaix, who has taken over the direction of the domaine from his uncle though Jean-Pierre remains involved. They described 2018 as having a "relatively easy growing season because after a wet spring, conditions were hot and dry without any particular disease pressure. We picked from the 30th of August to the 4th of September and brought in super-clean and ripe fruit that averaged between 13.5 and 14% of potential alcohol. Yields were about the same as what we realized in 2017, which is to say between 40 and 45 hl/ha. We did our normal vinification over an 18-day period during which we did a twice daily punch down regimen with no chaptalization or acidification. 2018 isn't a classic vintage but it's nice to occasionally have good quality and good quantity, which hasn't been the case very often this decade in the Côte de Beaune." Chaix noted that, with the exception of the Bourgogne, the wines were bottled in December 2020. I quite liked a number of the wines in the range and they're slightly more interesting than the domaine's 2017s though stylistically quite different. "
|Region||Cote de Beaune|
|Grape Varietals||Pinot Noir|