Pommard producers apply to create Grand Crus

The union of producers in Pommard will apply to the French appellation authority INAO to promote the premier cru Rugiens and Epenots appellations to grand cru.

Since April this year, a geography and viticulture specialist has been working with Pommard vintners to produce a report to show how both Rugiens (just under 13 hectares) and Epenots (27 hectares) should be considered grand cru based on history, terroir and price.

One difficulty are distinctions between Rugiens Bas and Rugiens Haut and between Grands- and Petits-Epenots.

Pommard has 27 premier crus and its total vineyards total approx 320 hectares.