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Domaine Comte Armand Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Rouge
- Burgundy, France
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. In 2018 the domaine has unquestionably crafted a legend and we were also really impressed with the Auxey Duresses 1er Cru this year so are offering as well.
From two sites – ‘Retrans, on the steep part of the slope, with well-drained chalky soils, and ‘Les Duresses’, from a dip in the valley with deeper clay soils. Juicy and pure, tightly focussed, fresh cherry and berry compote, with some spicy, sandalwood notes. Palate is more intense with darker, inkier plum-centred fruit, with a lick of spice and crunchy minerality and rich, long tannins. Tom, Wine Guru
The 2018 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru is a blend of two parcels, Les Bréterins (limestone soils) and, further down in the village, Les Duresses (deep clayey soils). This has a very cohesive bouquet of raspberry preserve, cranberry and pressed rose petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins, a superb line of acidity and impressive structure on the finish. This is clearly a step up from the 2017 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru and comes recommended. 90-92/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
91/100, Tim Atkin MW
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Domaine Comte Armand
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