Les Rugiens: This 12.66-hectare Premier Cru climat in Pommard, is comprised of two subclimats: the 5.83-hectare Les Rugiens-Bas and the 6.83-hectare Les Rugiens-Hauts. Les Rugiens begins near the summit of Pommard’s slope, at an altitude of nearly 320 meters, just south of the village, and drops downhill steeply to about 260 meters. The rocky soil is comprised of ferruginous clay-limestone colluvium over a limestone base. There is a considerable difference in quality between the wines that derive from Les Rugiens-Bas and those that derive from Les Rugiens-Haut. Camille Rodier classified Les Rugiens-Bas and Les Epenots among the tête de Cuvées. By general consensus today, the wines of Les Rugiens-Bas are of true Grand Cru quality and merit promotion.
“Rugiens” recalls the red soil of the Les Rugiens-Bas caused by the high proportion of iron oxide.
The most distinguished Pommard Les Rugiens is made by the Domaine de Montille.