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2004 Francois Parent Pommard Les Rugiens

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

89-91Burghound.com

...pure and powerful medium full-bodied flavors that offer excellent underlying complexity on the raspy but seriously long finish. This will require a few years to fully harmonize but the components to do so are in place.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Pommard, Les Rugiens

Les Rugiens is really two vineyards. Les Rugiens-Hauts, or “upper,” is a 16-acre Premier Cru vineyard and Les Rugiens-Bas, or “lower,” is a 14.5-acre Premier Cur vineyard just below it. Both are in the Pommard appellation in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune, just south of the village. Since there are no Grand Crus in Pommard, the Premier Crus have special importance. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Pommard at its best is the fullest wine made in the Cote de Beaune.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

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.