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 in its vineyard management and winemaking practices. 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, including vineyards in Volnay and the much-overlooked village of Auxey Duresses which, thanks in part to Paul’s efforts, is rapidly gaining credibility as a rising star in the southern Côte d’Or.

2020 represents a half crop for the Clos in comparison to normal years. The fruit that did arrive at the winery was incredibly healthy according to Paul and the small berries were a key factor in the quality of the vintage. They required maximum protection to avoid excessive ripeness, so Paul chose not de-leaf during the summer to encourage the vine canopy to act as a sun shield and slow down the vine’s development. In addition, Paul took the decision to de-stalk as much as 95% of the bunches this year to preserve both freshness and purity. As ever this domaine portrays a pinnacle of quality for the appellations it represents.

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2020

Bourgogne Aligoté Comte Armand

6x75cl 10+ £98.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £133.67 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    The Aligoté grape variety is going through something of a resurgence. Gone are the days of a variety that struggled to achieve optimal ripeness. This grape is maximising its potential thanks to the current weather conditions and gaining newfound recognition. The Comte Armand wine is a fine example; full of walnuts and hazelnuts, with a bright lime fruit character, this has both intensity and length.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 85-87

    The 2020 Bourgogne Aligoté comes from three parcels had been racked the previous week, aged 50% in tank and 50% in 500-litre barrels. It has a perfumed, lavender-tinged bouquet. The palate is fresh and lemony on the entry, touches of pear and lime, simple but fresh and with a dab of ginger on the finish. Fine. Drink 2022 - 2026

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, Janaury 2022,
    Score: 87-88

    Big crop picked 16th September, below Pommard and Volnay and Meursault. Made half and half in 600 litre barrels and stainless steel. A little deeper in colour and indeed in bouquet than the Chardonnay. Apple and fresh quince, mostly young vine produce, but this is absolutely delicious, and sweeps through to a long finish.

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2020

Auxey Duresses Comte Armand

6x75cl 1 £145.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £190.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    A deeper, darker fruited style of Auxey Duresses this vintage. A wine with wild forest fruit flavours, and a striking amount of sweet gamey fruits. The tannins are pronounced and structured, giving great body and depth to this very interesting cuvée.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 87-89

    The 2020 Auxey-Duresses Village has just a tiny amount of whole bunch fruit. It has quite a precocious bouquet with ample blueberry and black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, high-toned inky cassis fruit with a sweet, citric finish. Give this two or three years in bottle. Drink 2024 - 2032

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 86-88

    Dark purple centre with a gorgeous plump deep raspberry fruit. Seductive and juicy, just shows a bit of extra richness at the back. Just finished malolactic, neither racked nor sulphured, so understandably ungainly. Enough acidity to compensate for the 14.5% alcohol.

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2020

Volnay Comte Armand

6x75cl - £220.00 SOLD OUT

6x75cl - £280.07 Inc VAT SOLD OUT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    This wine comes from two different locations in the appellation: Les Grands Champs which provides finesse and elegance, while Les Famines is credited with body and power. A little reserved on the nose, the palate shows off the wine’s grace and depth. Refined and pure with raspberry and loganberry fruits. The tannins are silky, whilst also giving a touch of grip on the finish. Superb all round.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2020 Volnay Village has a refined, quite intense cassis and black cherry nose, quite high toned but managing to retain its delineation. The palate is quite intense but pure with blood orange infused red fruit, gentle grip towards the slightly brittle finish, quite spicy on the aftertaste. Give this 3-5 years in bottle. Drink 2025 - 2040

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 88-91

    Dark centre with purple rim. The bouquet is not as over the top as either Auxey, this is much finer in all its expressions, ripe tannins, just a little acidity, a smooth ripe deep raspberry fruit with excellent length. Malolactic happened earlier here so the wine is in a better position to taste. 14.2%

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2020

Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Comte Armand

6x75cl 4 £240.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £304.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    Plenty of rich fruit compote characters, the light touch of 20% new oak gives a hint of vanilla and mocha sweetness. A wine with real breadth and an invigorating palate-cleansing freshness on the finish.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2020 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru, which also contains 8-10% whole bunch, has a more detailed, mineral-driven bouquet than the Village Cru though with a similar fruit profile. The palate is well balanced considering it only finished its malo one month earlier, a mixture of red and blueberry fruit with a slightly granular finish. A little heady, but it conveys a sense of place. Drink 2025 - 2038

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 87-90

    Black centre with dark purple rim – this cuvée is always particularly deep in colour. Late malolactic and still has some of those aromatics. Powerful punchy stuff in a very dark fruit idiom, including some black cherry. Thick morello cherries right through to the finish, some tannins, still good acidity. 14.4%, which in fact is not unusual for this cuvée, and it can cope.

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