Maison Harbour Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins (750ml)
In 2012 Nicholas and Colleen Harbour are North Americans who decided to quit their jobs, move to France and follow their passion for wine by starting a winery in Savigny-lès-Beaune, a village in the heart of the Côte-d’Or, Burgundy. On arrival in Burgundy they attended the wine school in Beaune. Before graduating the couple had already established their winery, a small négociant vinificateur, which they called, Maison Harbour. Maison Harbour produces a selection of Grand Cru, 1er Cru and Village Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from across Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits (Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée) and Côte de Beaune (Corton, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay).
These wines are for the long time fans of classic Burgundy. They offer purity, precision, elegance and truth of place. The Harbours have acquired grape contract opportunities from very special vineyard sites. Their wines tend towards delicate, elegant and pure but also have an inherent power.
Produced in small numbers even by Burgundian standards the wines are sure to get harder to acquire.
Pronounced raspberry and sherry, black plum and herbs on the nose. Wonderful aromatic intensity, with the fruit, herbs and damp earth, forest floor notes.
Pinot Noir grapes sourced from a tiny 0.28 ha (0.69 ac) plot in the Pommard appellation, premier cru vineyards site “Les Chanlins”. The vines were planted in 1962 on steep east facing slopes about 300 meters in elevation. The vineyards are cultivated with “lutte raisonnée” approach. The grapes are mostly destemmed, sometimes 20% whole-clusters are used; ambient yeast fermentation in oak tanks; no or limited foot or hand punch-downs (1 or 2 max.); pressed in small vertical presses and settle in tank for one to two weeks. Aged 12 months in 228L barrels, new only when it is necessary to replace a barrel; racked into stainless tanks for a further 4 to 6 months ageing; no fining, rare filtration; bottled with DIAM closures to ensure no cork taint.