The commune of Pommard lies on a slope descending from Beaune, to the north, to Volnay, to the south. Of Pommard's 832 acres of vineyards, 309 are ranked premier cru over 24 climats. These all lie directly above and below the village of Pommard, situated in mid-slope, and produce only red wines. There are no grands crus. Average annual production is 10,402 hectolitres (115,560 cases).
Pommard is a very old village, and stands on the site of an early Christian temple, built by the Gauls and dedicated to Pomona, the goddess entrusted with the protection of fruits. By the year 1005, the village name had become "Polmarium" or "Polmarca," and underwent several subsequent changes in name before becoming "Pommard." During the Middle Ages, Pommard grew to be an important way-station for travellers passing between Beaune and Chagny, providing the only crossing point for miles along the Serein River before construction of the first bridge in 1670. This slender ford was marked by a cross, called the "Croix de Pommard", which was little help to travellers frequently washed away by the often violent river. The fact that Pommard is perhaps the most widely-known place-name in Burgundy is, curiously, due to the Huguenots. Banished after the Edict of Nantes, they chose to take with them this sturdy, long-lived wine, which they continued to import to each of their adopted countries.
The Clos de la Commaraine lies in the very center of Pommard, above and directly outside the village of Pommard at the mid-point of the slope. The vineyard covers 9.25 acres enclosed within a vine-covered stone wall. The slope is exposed due east and is characterized by deep, well-drained soils containing many pebbles. Part of an underground spring runs through the subsoil. The vines range in age from 15 to 45 years. As of the 2000 vintage, Maison Louis Jadot acquired exclusive production rights to this monopole, vinifying the wine traditionally in open fermenters over the period of roughly twelve days. The resulting wine is full and firmly tannic, generous rather than elegant. The ripe red berry nose is offset with leather and earth notes carrying onto a dense, mouthfilling palate and long finish.
"Fresh and elegant for the appellation, featuring sweet spice, cherry and earth notes. Lighter in weight, it's almost chewy, with a hint of licorice on the finish." -Rated 89, Wine Spectator
"From an obscure monopole of Jaboulet-Verchere at the northern edge of the village, Jadot has crafted their 2005 Pommard Clos de la Commaraine. With aromas of purple plum, coffee grounds, roasted meat and wet stones, this presents a meaty, stony, earthy and rather pithy but undeniably concentrated palate impression, finishing long on brothy, beefy low tones, wet stone, and slightly rustic tannin.
Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these – particularly from the Cote de Beaune – displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of Jadot’s vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced. (Wines from the Domaine Louis Jadot, Domaine Heritiers Louis Jadot, or Domaine Gagey, have been identified with a letter “D” in their listings.)" -Rated 86, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate