Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru 'Clos des Épeneaux'
The appellation’s grandest domaine, Comte Armand has been overseen by winemaker Paul Zinetti since 2014.
The appellation’s grandest domaine, Comte Armand has been overseen by winemaker Paul Zinetti since 2014. Although it takes many years to reach its full potential, it’s worth the wait as with maturity Epeneux is like a universe in a glass, exploding exponentially in all directions at once. It has great intensity and a weight of rich fruit and impressively structured tannins but like great Barolo, it shows lively floral, elegance and purity too. As long-lived as many of the Côtes de Nuits’ most renowned wines, it has long been contended that if ever one Côte de Beaune wine deserves elevation to Grand Cru, this is it.
"As ever we tried the individual cuvées first before a trial blend – the actual assemblage will only happen a few weeks before bottling. The grapes were picked from 16th September at a yield of 24 hl/ha. Paul Zinetti has used 35% new oak, with less than 10% whole bunches included. The 2019 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux displays a rich deep purple colour. The bouquet is deeply expressive, suggesting an intensity of fruit more than super-ripeness. There is more red fruit than black though the two are present, correct acidity, tannins present, but waiting in the background, the alcohol is controlled, likely to finish around 14.3%. The whole stands up well in its firm, structured fashion. Early days yet, very promising. Tasted: December 2020" 5 Stars, 93-95 pts, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
"The 2019 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru was picked over three days starting with the young vines on 14 September. This is almost completely de-stemmed and matured in around 40% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet with black cherries, blueberry, crushed limestone, traces of violet and blood orange. The palate is very well balanced, quite opulent in style with a saline, briny note on the entry. Very good depth, fleshier in style than recent vintages with brown spices and cloves towards the persistent finish. I suspect that this might be more approachable than other vintages of Clos des Epeneaux but it will still age with style." 93-95 pts, Neal Martin, Vinous
"Cask sample. Mid crimson. Heady, strongly perfumed. A wine that's really quite difficult to spit for although it's awfully sweet, there's a heck of a lot going on. Layers and energy. Rich but not sickly. Really very powerful. I wonder how much alcohol there is here? Good balance between fruit and freshness with an undertow of rather bolder tannins than in most 2019 red burgundies." 17 pts, Jancis Robinson
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