To the south of Beaune in Pommard, Caroline Parent-Gros of Domaine A. F. Gros noted: ‘2020 was a year of drought and concentration, but a concentration of both acidity and sugar.’
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Most winemakers left as much foliage on the vines as possible and followed through with a ‘hands-off’ policy.
‘I didn’t touch the vines at all,’ says rising star Joannès Violot-Guillemard in Pommard. ‘I punched down only once and shortened the length of fermentation; everything finished very quickly.’
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Even producers such as Nicolas Rossignol who typically favour a firm extraction showed restraint: ‘This year, it’s more about infusion than extraction,’ explains Rossignol.
Overall, the classic red wine terroirs of Rugiens and Epenots in Pommard, and Volnay’s Les Caillerets, Champans and Clos de Chênes were all reliable.
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