Notes on 2014
92 points. Tim Atkin, MW.
“From a south-facing site located just below the village, this a Pommard made with old vines. It’s made in a lighter style to minimise “clunkiness”, showing juicy plum and blueberry fruit, savoury spice from 25% whole bunches and deftly handled oak. The finish shows classic Pommard rigor.” – Tim Atkin, MW.
New vineyard still recovering from hail damage. At full capacity it should produce eight barrels. This is four barrels, of which one was new. 25% whole bunch. Faces a vineyard called La Vache that Haisma is very keen to get his hands on (simply for the name, of course).
“Rich, dark fruit nose. Very sweet start and round, well-managed tannins. Very charming.” -Jancis Robinson
“The 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Arvelets is a new release from Mark Haisma. It has a clean and fresh bouquet with fresh strawberry and blueberry scents that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, a nice austerity here in keeping with the Pommard style, back by taut red berry, minerals fruit on the finish. Classic Pinot from Burgundy’s favorite Aussie.” – Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
“This is NV6 clone, which isn’t highly regarded, but it’s older vines. Mark was careful not to extract too much, and the result is a lovely elegant expression of Pommard. Fresh, exuberant cherry fruit with brightness and good acidity. Pure and quite elegant – not what you’d expect from Pommard. 94/100” -Jamie Goode
“A new cuvée. Also the Nuits approach here, looked for a specific ripeness in the grapes, self-picked like the majority of the grapes here. 5 barrels, but potentially 10 in hail free, normal yield vintages. A soft red fruit, rather discreet. Wide, a little muscle, a growing tannin, but very much an anecdote – still a Pommard anecdote. Lovely floral finishing flavor.” – Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report
“He seems to have struck gold. His wines have an excellent balance between fruit, expression and refreshment without being in any way wimpish. The wines are also, appetisingly, bone dry.” -Jancis Robinson
Mark spent a decade working together with the late Dr. Bailey Carrodus of Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley. His passion for making a wine that expresses the purity of the fruit and further reflects the soil they are grown is what drew him to Burgundy. He makes wines that are bright and fresh and uses a ‘hands off’ approach to create a pure expression of the terroir.
Mark is on Jancis Robinsins list of “Overperformers” for 2014.