2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Pommard Charmots

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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JM 92

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy, February 2020

Charles Ballot often uses 30 to 50% whole bunch for Les Charmots but not in 2018. Three small plots make 6 barrels in a normal year, from a fine selection of pinot with some age (50 to 65 years). Medium deep purple, with...
BH 90

Burghound, April 2020

This is aromatically quite similar to the Santenots though the partial whole cluster vinification adds a floral top note. There is equally good volume to the medium-bodied flavors though not quite the same vibrancy on the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-region Cote de Beaune
Appellation Pommard
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Pommard Charmots is a remarkable red wine hailing from the esteemed Burgundy region of France. Crafted from the delicate and expressive Pinot Noir varietal, this wine showcases the true essence of its terroir and displays the exceptional winemaking skills of Domaine Ballot-Millot.

In the glass, this wine presents a medium deep purple hue, inviting and alluring. The nose exudes elegance, captivating the senses with its delightful perfume and subtle cherry notes. The absence of whole bunch in the winemaking process in 2018 allows the fruit to shine through, offering a weightier profile compared to previous vintages. This decision by Charles Ballot, the winemaker, showcases his keen understanding of the vineyard and his commitment to producing exceptional wines.

Upon tasting, the 2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Pommard Charmots reveals a medium-bodied structure, exuding complexity and depth. The flavors are beautifully balanced, with a floral top note that adds an enticing element to the wine. There is a notable volume to the palate, displaying vibrant fruit characteristics that are complemented by textured and nuanced layers. The finish is long and satisfying, with a subtle hint of bitter pit fruit that adds a touch of intrigue.

This wine is a true reflection of its terroir, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Pommard appellation within the Cote de Beaune sub-region. The vineyards from which the grapes are sourced are over 50 to 65 years old, adding maturity and depth to the wine. The careful selection of the finest Pinot Noir grapes and the meticulous winemaking techniques employed by Domaine Ballot-Millot result in a wine that is a true expression of the Burgundy region.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this wine is perfectly balanced and harmonious. It is best enjoyed in its youth, but it also has the potential to age gracefully over the years, developing further complexity and depth.

The 2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Pommard Charmots has received high praise from critics. Jasper Morris of Inside Burgundy awarded it an impressive score of 92, noting the delicious perfume and cherry notes. Another renowned critic, Burghound, awarded it a score of 90, highlighting its volume, vibrancy, and textured finish.

In summary, the 2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Pommard Charmots is a truly exceptional wine that embodies the elegance and finesse of Burgundy. With its captivating aromas, balanced flavors, and impressive aging potential, this wine is a must-try for any wine connoisseur.