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Pommard Premier Cru 'Clos des Épeneaux', Domaine du Comte Armand, 2022

Pommard Premier Cru 'Clos des Épeneaux', Domaine du Comte Armand, 2022

Domaine Comte Armand | Burgundy, France | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Pinot Noir
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The appellation’s grandest domaine, Comte Armand has been overseen by winemaker Paul Zinetti since 2014. It features as one of the Top 10 Côte de Beaune Red Wine Producers in Tim Atkin's Burgundy 2022 Special Report.

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.

What the critics say:

96–97/100Sarah Marsh MW, World of Fine Wine

"It is always interesting to taste the five component parts that make up the blend from different parts of this large parcel before tasting the final wine with the correct proportions of each carefully measured out by Zinetti. The young vines give exuberant fruit; the old vines, depth and elegance, and the press wine, well that’s also very good, and provides the structure. Somehow it comes together to make an enchantingly elegant and persistent Pommard. There is more oak than usual (50% as there were insufficient older barrels) but it doesn’t disturb. The nose has spicy forest fruits with a touch of licorice. Silky up-front, smooth, succulent, and generous mid-palate, to a supple, long finish. The texture is exemplary. A sophisticated wine. 2028–35."

93-96/100Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy

"First we tasted the component parts. (1) Young vines from 1980s. A deep concentrated purple. Lesser foliage in the hot dry summer has concentrated the colour and other aspects, giving a dark style of fruit as well, with a nutty finish, but good acidity. (2) A blend, mainly from plot #3 and a bit of #1. Mid purple in colour, less demonstrative on the nose. A much suppler style of fruit, less forceful acidity, fine length, more typical Epenots here. (3) Old vines, 90+ years old: A deep glowing purple. A little more intensity, a gorgeous quality of deep red fruit, just a touch tougher in its tannins, plus the acidity. (4) Press wine: dark purple, powerful rather than fine on the nose, more volatile, but could be useful in the blend. Sweet thick dark red to black fruit. Chunky stuff. And now the blend: A deep purple colour with only a very slightly lighter rim. The bouquet suggests poise as the fruit has melded together harmoniously. On the palate this is, as almost always, a much more complete wine than the individual parts. The wine seems to push down deeper while retaining all the class of the very best components. We are approaching the cusp of red and black fruit, the acidity is perfectly harnessed and the tannins are fine grained. Potentially a very fine Clos des Epeneaux. Drink from 2032-2040+. Tasted: October 2023. *****"

95/100Christy Canterbury MW, Tim Atkin

"This is a handsomely large, 5.23 hectares clos, that is one of the largest in the Côte d'Or— including both Premier and Grand Crus. The nose throws off warm black fruits, allspice and damp earth. The textured palate shows vigorous but artfully sculpted tannins supported by notable acidic uplift. Typically a bit backward in its early years, there is a nicely saucy quality in the mid-palate that might make this accessible just a bit earlier than the usual seven to nine years it needs according to Paul Zinetti."

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Domaine Comte Armand

With a history dating back to 1825, Domaine Comte Armand has etched its name as a revered figure in Pommard winemaking. The family-owned estate has woven a legacy that stands tall in the world of fine wines.

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