Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the Les Rugiens vineyard which consists of two parcels of vines, Les Rugiens Hauts and Les Rugiens Bas, and it is located near the village of Pommard itself.
Louis Jadot is one of the largest and most famous wine producers and negociants in the Burgundy wine-growing region. The origins of the company date back to 1859 when the business was fouded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. Over time the company has acquired plots of vines is some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region including Beaune Clos des Ursules, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Savigny Les Beaune and many more. Louis Jadot owns or directly controls 120 ha in the Côte d’Or, including over 90 individual vineyard sites, 84ha in the Beaujolais Crus and 18ha in the Mâconnais primarily in Pouilly Fuissé. Today the business is headed by Pierre-Henry Gagey, son of André Gagey, who was entrusted with the management of Louis Jadot in 1962 by Madame Jadot following the tragic death of her son.
Pommard is the first village encountered as one drives south from Beaune. It is an appellation that produces only red wines and there are no Grand Cru wines. Most of the vineyards have an east to south-east orientation. The “Les Rugiens” vineyard consists of two parcels: Les Rugiens Hauts and Les Rugiens Bas, near the village itself, at the summit of the Pommard slope between 240 and 380 metres, facing east or south-east. The name Rugiens, which is a derivative of Rouge, describes the reddish colour of the soil, a result of its extremely high iron content.
After harvest, the grapes are destemmed and undergo a traditional vinification. They are macerated in open vats for 4 weeks which helps to extract all the colour, aromas, flavours and of this subtle terroir. After devatting, the wines are aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru is a typically robust, masculine wine with rich fruit and a powerful structure.