En Primeur | Domaine Comte Armand

The 5.23-hectare monopole of Clos des Épeneaux has been in the Comte Armand family since 1828 and, as Pommard’s most celebrated vineyard, it arguably just missed out on Grand Cru status. In the extremely capable hands of Paul Zanetti this domaine is now fully biodynamic. Over the past 25 years the family have carefully expanded their vineyard holdings in the locality. Today they make a wonderful representation of the Côte de Beaune, portraying a pinnacle of quality for the appellations it represents.

Vintage
 

2021 Auxey Duresses Comte Armand

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  • Goedhuis, December 2022

    Surprisingly dark colour, flavours of liquorice, coffee bean, spiced vanilla oak and Morello cherry. A fuller and richer bodied Auxey Duresses and less mineral than some years. Good length and certain to give pleasure.

  • Neal Martin, January 2023, Score: 86-88

    The 2021 Auxey-Duresses Village has a well-defined and focused bouquet with vibrant blackberry and blueberry fruit, hints of crushed stone and iris flower. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, dark cherry and blueberry fruit, a little more extraction than its peers with a sweet cassis-tinged finish. Drink 2024-2023

  • Jasper Morris MW, December 2022, Score: 87-88

    3 barrels instead of 9. No new wood. Fullish purple colour and quite a dark fruit on the nose, showing a touch of reduction on the palate, good acidity and a fruit which follows all the way through. Drink from 2025-2028.

2021 Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Comte Armand

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  • Goedhuis, December 2022

    Brilliant maroon colour, this is luscious and rich, with layers of bramble fruits, Arabian spice, blueberry and mocha. Broad in the palate, with a firm central tannic core and a touch of bitter orange on the finish. It shows attitude and intent.

  • Neal Martin, January 2023, Score: 87-89

    The 2021 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru is a blend of two lieux-dits that were less impacted by the frost than elsewhere. It has a perfumed blackcurrant, cassis and violet-scented bouquet that shows a little more precision than the Village Cru. The palate is medium-bodied with a sappy entry, fine acidity and gentle grip with blue fruit towards its relatively opulent finish. Fine. Drink 2025-2040

  • Matthew Jukes, January 2023, Score: 18

    Comte Armand has bucked the trend in the Côte de Beaune and made it a success in 2021 across its portfolio. With impressive extract and weight, considering the vintage, there is some grip here, but the fruit is more than ripe enough, making it delicious and reasonably priced.

  • Jasper Morris MW, December 2022, Score: 88-89

    12 barrels here, so not so bad. The usual almost purple-black colour of this cuvée offers plenty of energy. Dark berry fruit, with a rather stricter finish, and reasonably prominent acidity. Drink from 2026-2030.

2021 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand

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  • Goedhuis, December 2022

    Due to the very small crop in 2021, Paul had created a combined cuvée for us to taste rather than the normal tasting of the individual plots. Straight in and its quality immediately hits you! Shining purple colour, more red fruits than the traditional darker characters of some years. There is no ostentation here, it just quietly builds on the palate in a lovely unassuming way. The more one contemplates the wine, the more it shows. It totally delivers and shows why it is considered one of the Côte de Beaune’s greatest locations. It has more than just Grand Cru pretentions, it has all the classification’s qualities as well.

  • Neal Martin, January 2023, Score: 91-93

    The 2021 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru, the crown jewel of the Domaine, has an intense nose with black cherries, raspberry coulis, white pepper and bay leaf. Lovely definition with a subtle briny note that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, a firm grip and moderate weight, though it is missing some amplitude towards the finish due to the severely reduced volume. Yet it has plenty of freshness and length, so afford it five to six years in the cellar. Drink 2025-2047

  • Matthew Jukes, January 2023, Score: 18.5

    Lovely, super-luxurious, generous and refined. This is a superb wine with grace and refinement and makes a compelling counterpoint to the more intensely fruity vintages. In addition, it is well worth the cash!

  • Jasper Morris MW, December 2022, Score: 91-93

    We tasted the younger vines and the older vines separately, then the blend. The younger vines had a fine fresh medium deep raspberry fruit, with quite firm acidity, a limestone feel to the tannins, and a lightly ferrous touch. The old vines offered much more fruit on the nose, strawberry and raspberry, the tannins a little firmer but with much more fruit around them. As ever the blend seemed to give more of everything. A bright purple colour, and a weight of fruit on the nose with a depth of darker berry fruit. The balance between the fruit and the structure is just right, medium plus length. The tannin acid balance works well too. The 2021 Clos des Epeneaux will not be a monster but will have refinement. Drink from 2028-2035.

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