Tasting notes -
A pungent nose of wood toast and reduction aromas dominate the underlying fruit at present. There is excellent size, weight and midpalate density to the complex and highly energetic middle weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed around a firm core of minerality before terminating in a rough and chewy finish that is quite drying, indeed to the point that it's hard to see this rounding out. As is the case with several wines in the range this is not without its appeal, but the balance for longer-term aging is suspect in my view.
Tasted blind at the annual ”Burgfest” tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru les Rugiens from Domaine de Montille has a very composed, quite refined bouquet that might be on the conservative side, but has a pleasant herbaceous quality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well judged acidity, a drop of balsamic towards the finish but displaying decent length. This is a Pommard that doesn’t want to put a foot wrong and remains on the safe side, though I wager that it will repay cellaring and approach my banded score from barrel with four to five years in bottle.