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In an area dominated by white wines, with only one red wine Grand Cru, lies a village that has become so crucial for its village-level, lieu-dit and Premier Cru wine as to even surpass the one Grand Cru, Corton. Pommard's Premier Cru wine is certainly comparable to that of Côte de Nuits villages such as Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-St-Denis, although not that of their Grands Crus. Pommard's intense, firm wines contrast directly with the soft, feminine wines of the competing Volnay, which lies slightly southwest of Pommard.

Pommard can make more concentrated wine than Corton itself and makes some of the most powerful Pinots in the world. While not as refined or elegant as most Grand Crus, the wines are at the very least important and distinctive. Also, prices are much lower than in competing Volnay.

The wines, which are all red, are made in the village of the same name. This village, which is slightly less than 4 square miles in size, encompasses almost 800 acres of vineyards. This is more than Corton and Volnay combined. Less than 300 of these acres are devoted to the 27 Premiers Crus of the village.


The historic village of Pommard was one of the first villages in Burgundy to become popular for red wine. Pommard's firm reputation for intense, structured Pinot Noir red wine was officially confirmed and regulated in 1937, along with the entire first wave of Burgundy AOCs. The alcohol level was set at 10.5 percent for village wine and 11 percent for all Premiers Crus, a regulation which has been in effect ever since. Also, production of white wine in the area was outlawed.

Since then, Pommard's reputation has remained solid even throughout various dips and ruts in general Burgundian quality. Surprisingly, none of the great Premiers Crus have ever been promoted to Grand Cru, but with modern critics their reputations are firmly cemented.

Climate and Viticulture

Why is it that Pommard has no Grands Crus? After all, the vineyards are sufficiently cool for Pinot Noir to grow, have just the right amount of rain, and have densely concentrated limestone soil that provides the wine with its firm, powerful flavors and dusty tannins. There's no logical answer to this question, except for perhaps the fact that Pommard is not on a hill. The hill appellations, for complex viticultural reasons, make more complex wines.

But despite this inherent disadvantage, Pommard has apparently managed to compensate for it with its distinctive style. And since it is surrounded by hills, Pommard effectively has the second best thing: shelter from wind, storms, and horizontal rain. Highly concentrated limestone helps to make the wine intense and serious, but at the best Premier Cru vineyard site, Les Rugiens, the soil actually has high iron content.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

In this area, even boutique producer Domaine Leroy charges only about $150 per bottle. In fact, most of these wines can be had for under $100. This isn't anywhere near a bargain, but on relative terms all the producers listed here have to be considered to beat the Côte de Nuits on value.

We have isolated 13 producers that we consider to be Pommard leaders.


With no Grands Crus and few lieux-dits of significance, Pommard is a village whose market runs entirely on the reputation of their 27 Premiers Crus. Here is the list of these premier vineyards.