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Pommard, Volnay

Two of the best regions. Side by side. Yet totally different in style.

The video explains it all, and the wines I popped were the 2015 Vincent Girardin Pommard and the 2015 Vincent Girardin Volnay.


The wines of Pommard are best known for concentration, intensity, and relative power. Most similar to their cousins in Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin, these are styles of wine that will impress a table, cause a conversation pause, and bestow pride in the one who chose the bottle.

Wine Searcher: Pommard information page

Burgundy Report: Pommard (with map links)

Vins de Bourgogne: Overview of Pommard, and a downloadable PDF with map


So delicate, so beautiful. Volnay is a ballerina, bringing higher toned fruit to the equation along with delicacy and detail. For lovers of Pinot Noir, a great Volnay can be a revelation. How can Pinot Noir be SO light and ethereal? Conversely, if you were expecting muscle in your wine (i.e. Pommard) you may be disappointed. And it’s no fun to be disappointed in Burgundy, because it’s not a cheap hobby!

Wine Searcher: Info page on Volnay

Burgundy Report: Volnay (with good maps)

Vin de Bourgognes: information page on Volnay, and downloadable PDF with map