Black fruits and cinnamon, with a touch of steely minerality. This has a very good broad volume of fruit, and the tight tannic intensity in the mid-palate gives way to a fine line of sweetness on the finish. A wine with real pedigree.
Satin and svelte it strolls onto the palate. There is a soft sheen to the texture and the freshness is woven into the ripe dark fruit..it is very harmonious; very well mannered. There is intensity and depth to this long linear wine..which runs fluidly, easily across the palate. It purrs on the finish. Very contented. An understated wine. Top notch Epenots. Drink from 2020
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.