I’ve always been a huge fan of Pommard Chanlins since Nico Rossignol’s version taught me just how stunningly finessed an upper slope Pommard can be, sitting right on the Volnay border. Gilles didn’t show me the ’17, but he included it on the price list (again, thanks to my persistent/polite requests to get a bit of all of the goodie goodies)…..So I am including it here. Based on John’s note, as well as what I tasted of the other ’17s, this sounds plain outstanding to my taste, and an outstanding value at that…..get it while the gettin’ is good y’all….!!!
“The 2017 les Chanlins from the Lafouge family is a great bottle of Pommard in the making. The bouquet is pure and exudes impressive elegance out of the blocks, wafting from the glass in a mix of quince, red cherries, pigeon, raw cocoa, mustard seed, cedar and a very complex base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and impressively pure and soil-driven, with a rock solid core, fine-grained tannins and a very long, tangy and nascently complex finish. This is one of my favorite premier crus in Pommard and Gilles Lafouge has fashioned an exceptional fine example here in 2017. 2028-2075. 93+.” John Gilman
“The 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins unfurls in the glass with aromas of sweet red fruits, citrus rind, wood smoke and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with excellent concentration and depth at the core, compelling purity of fruit and satiny structuring tannin. This is an admirable Chanlins that will offer very keen value.” 91-93 William Kelley