Grapes: Pinot Noir
Region: Burgundy, France
Viticulture: Organic + Biodynamic
Vinification: Whole-cluster maceration in stainless steel tanks for 20 to 25 days. Extractions are always gentle with the number of punchdowns and pumping over adjusted to the conditions of the vintages and the terroir
Aging: 12 months in barrels, then 6 months in tanks
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: Minimal added at bottling
Notes from the Importer: Guillaume and Aude Lavollée represent the fourth generation of vignerons at Génot-Boulanger. Their wines are produced exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, located along all three Burgundy côtes, from Chambolle Musigny, down to the domaine in Meursault, and on to Mercurey. With 22 hectares, Génot-Boulanger is one of only a few family-owned Burgundian domaines to produce such a diverse range. (They produce wine from over 30 appellations!)
Since 2008, Guillaume and Aude have worked painstakingly to improve the quality of their wines, converting to organic farming practices and experimenting with biodynamics. The domaine’s philosophy is “maximum work in the vineyards for minimum intervention in the cuverie.” This has translated to wines that are first and foremost true to their terroir.
The Pommard Vieilles Vignes comes from three parcels in Pommard: Les Cras, Les Vignots, and La Chanière. Les Cras is at the bottom of the slope. The word “Cras” comes from “coteau pierreux” or “stony hillside.” It is often used to refer to vines that are down the slope, where the is its most rocky. Les Vignots and La Chanière are located on the slope just above the village of Pommard in more clay based calcareous soils. In total, the three parcels are 2.22 hectares.