Domaine Comte Armand 'Pommard Clos des Epeneaux' 1er Cru 2013

Component #1, from 50-year-old vines on rocky soil at the top of the slope: Discreet mineral and medicinal nose offers a subtly perfumed character. Suave and sweet but with a distinct coolness. Finishes with serious mineral spine, fine-grained tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Leroux says he's now dividing up this holding by geology, not by age of vines. Component #2, from vines aver...



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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Burgundy

Product Description

Component #1, from 50-year-old vines on rocky soil at the top of the slope: Discreet mineral and medicinal nose offers a subtly perfumed character. Suave and sweet but with a distinct coolness. Finishes with serious mineral spine, fine-grained tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Leroux says he's now dividing up this holding by geology, not by age of vines. Component #2, from vines averaging 30 years of age in the lower part of the vineyard. Medium red. Deeper, riper, spicier nose also shows good lift. Less sweetness and cut but more volume and breadth ("this component will provide the wine's shoulders," says Leroux). Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and a suggestion of chocolate. From an approximate blend of the final wine (there is also a young-vines component from the Clos, but this juice will go into a Pommard 1er Cru bottling): Good medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, menthol, licorice and minerals. Subtly sweet and intense, with a dominant flavor of cherry. In a cooler style but with excellent intensity and thrust thanks to firm underlying minerality. The tannins are supple and suave, and the finish is aromatic and bright. The two components aged in 50% new oak for the first year. 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 11
 

"Medium red, a bit less saturated than the Volnay.  Sexy, pure aromas of cherry, raspberry and flowers.  Tangy and energetic but supple, with perfectly integrated acidity intensifying the cherry, menthol and mineral flavors.  This very broad wine coats the cheeks without leaving any impression of weight.  Finishes juicy, subtle and very long, with a classical dryness.  A very classy Pommard and still a baby.  Leroux pointed out that he did a stricter sorting of this holding in 2009 than in 2008 as there were more underripe berries in the later year.  Quite splendid for the vintage."
93 points Stephen Tanzer

 

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