This is also markedly ripe yet not quite as ripe as the Fremiers with its array of both red and dark currant, black cherry, tobacco and warm earth aromas that are trimmed in noticeable wood. There is fine detail and reasonably good punch to the lush and very round medium-bodied flavors that also display a hint of mocha. This too is a big and overtly powerful Pommard yet it avoids being top heavy. Note that I would strongly suggest that this not even be considered before it has at least 10 years of bottle age. Outstanding. Drink: 2027+
is is also markedly ripe yet not quite as ripe as the Fremiers with its array of both red and dark currant, black cherry and warm earth aromas. There is fine detail and reasonably good punch to the lush and very round medium-bodied flavors that also display a hint of backend bitterness that will probably age out. Drink: 2024+
The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos Les Epenots is perhaps the centerpiece of the domaine: a considerable 4.92-hectare holding of 65-year old vines. It has a more mineral-driven bouquet that shows admirable clarity and finesse. The palate is very tight at the moment with dark berry fruit, forest floor and a touch of tobacco. There is a gentle grip here, good length and firm backbone on the finish. Perhaps somewhat inevitably, this is my pick from Domaine de Courcel’s 2012 this year.
This is very perfumed with cherry fruit on the palate and so silky; rich and ‘strong’ with bitter cherry freshness with the richness….long and seductive with is an appetising kernel bitterness at the end. Lovely.
De Courcel is one of the Côte de Beaune’s grandest estates, having been in the ownership pf the de Courcel family since the late 17th century. The estate is skilfully managed by Yves Confuron from Vosne Romanée. He prefers to pick late, allowing him to vinify with whole bunches and age his wines a little longer in cask before bottling, which he feels provides an added layer of texture to the wines.
A long popular appellation, Pommard is yet another exclusive red wine area which produces by far the most structured reds of the Côte de Beaune. It extracts rich body and long ageing potential from the limestone/iron-rich clay soil. Some examples can be markedly rustic, yet as time has passed and winemaking know-how has improved, Pommard's wines are becoming softer and more approachable when young. Its vines cover 317 hectares of which over a third are premier cru vineyards. Several have pronounced following and even one, Les Rugiens, is being pushed to become a grand cru.