Domaine Armand Heitz, located in the village of Pommard, is a family affair that dates back to the 19th century. Having accumulated numerous plots large and small in many of the most prestigious locations in Burgundy, the family sold all of its grapes to the famed Maison Joseph Drouhin for many years. Upon entering the family business in 2011, Armand began reappropriating the family’s vineyards for use in its own brand. Often made in extraordinary small amounts and representing vineyards from the village to grand cru range, the wines of Armand Heitz have developed a fanatical following, from their least expensive to highly coveted bottling. Bid on Armand Heitz wine online on WineBid today!
Pommard is a relatively large appellation of 1,655 vineyard acres just a few miles south of Beaune. Though it has no Grands Crus, Pommard’s 28 Premiers Crus are generally well regarded. The appellation produces only red wine, and wine writers often note that despite Pommard’s proximity to both Beaune and Volnay, its wines are very different from the Pinot Noirs produced in neighboring appellations. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote that “The top Pommards are full-bodied, chunky, muscular, fleshy wines that impress one more for their power and expansive, mouth filling texture than for pure finesse.” The most famous Premiers Crus are Les Epenots and Les Rugiens.
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.