DOMAINE LEJEUNE, Pommard
François Jullien de Pommerol, former professor of the wine school in Beaune (Lycée Viticole), is the present director of this 6.7 ha Domaine. The Lejeune wines tend to be very structured in their youth but age extremely well. de Pommerol vinifies with whole clusters (which includes the stems) and fermentation temperatures do not exceed 30° Centigrade. Because the clusters are whole, and most individual berries are unbroken, the fermentation is similar to the carbonic maceration method used in Beaujolais. The total cuvaison lasts approximately 4 weeks and new wood averages between 10% for the lower level wines to as much as two-thirds for the premiers crus. Bottling usually
occurs 18 months later without filtration because de Pommerol racks frequently, as often as 4 to 5 times during the élevage period.
Pommard 1er Cru Argilières is a 1.50 ha parcel, with vines aged between 20 to 47 years. The nose is typical of Lejeune wines, sweetly perfumed with plenty of red berry flavours, the palate is dense and balanced with ripe raspberry, hints of vanillin and oak, ending with more rich fruit flavours and a youthful tannic grip.