Offers | 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand
One of the great terroirs of the Cote de Beaune, Clos des Epeneaux is the jewel in Comte Armand’s crown and Pommard’s most celebrated climat.
Perennially one of our most sought after wines at En Primeur, under the deft and sure stewardship of régisseur Paul Zinetti recent vintages have expressed the full potential of this magnificent vineyard.
- Comte Armand
- Pommard, Red Burgundy
- Pinot Noir
- 2021 - 2040
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, December 2017
Although 70% down on a normal harvest, quality has remained intact and shows the vineyard at its highest level. A blend of young vines (well, if you can call 35 year old vines young) and old vines, plus a small balance of press wine make this a complex and nuanced blend of the estate’s monopole 5.23 hectare vineyard. 25-30% new oak is supported by excellent fruit concentration and deep substance. It is at once powerful and supple, with an intensity of red fruit and dark spice.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux contains 10% whole-bunch fruit. I tasted from two cuvées, one from the young vines and one from the old. The young vines has clean and pure black cherry, red plum and lightly blueberry fruit that conveys a sense of energy. The palate is well balanced with succulent ripe black fruit, very fine tannin, a taut line of acidity but real complexity and tension from start to finish. I love the harmony and effortlessness of these younger vines. The cuvée from older vines demonstrated more black fruit with traces of undergrowth, a little more rondeur with impressive depth and structure on the persistent, marine/oyster shell-tinged finish. This has enormous potential and may challenge the supremacy of the 2015. Drink 2020-2040
Burghound, April 2018,
A background whiff of wood easily allows the earthy yet quite pretty aromas of plum, violet, dark cherry and soft spice nuances to shine. The mouth feel of the slightly bigger and richer flavors is also admirably sleek while delivering excellent length on the mouth coating and well-balanced finish. This is perhaps a bit less structured than is usually the case as it should be reasonably approachable young if that's your preference. Sweet spot Outstanding. Drink 2028+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2018,
Sample from the younger vines (45% of the blend; vinified with 15% whole clusters): Good dark red. Slightly medicinal aromas of red cherry and licorice. Surprisingly dry and backward, with its cherry fruit complicated by pungent licorice and herb notes. Finishes rather suave if a bit tart, with lingering notes of bitter cherry and herbs. Sample from the old vines (45% of the blend; from vines 67 to 93 years of age): Bright, dark red. Distinctly darker and riper on the nose than the younger vines, offering aromas of blueberry, black raspberry and spices. A step up in volume as well, with its dark raspberry and licorice flavors complicated by a licorice note. Very firmly structured wine with a longer, more tactile finish. From the press wine (to comprise about 10% of the blend): Softer, fatter and slightly saline. Finishes a bit tart but this juice should fill in the middle of the blend. An approximation of the final blend: Healthy dark red. Slight medicinal cast to the aromas of cherry, redcurrant and menthol. By far the best and most complete of these samples, offering serious low-yield richness but also terrific definition and energy. This sample somehow displayed captivating violet and mineral notes that were not apparent in any of its components. Lovely depth and restrained sweetness here. Finishes taut and long, with saline and herbal nuances and terrific underlying structure. This reminded me of a 2010; interestingly, last year Zinetti described his young '15 as like a denser version of 2010.
Decanter, January 2018,
The Clos des Epeneaux is again very successful this year, and after two decades of oaky, over-extracted wines from this address, it's a real pleasure to see the inherent elegance of this great terroir beginning to shine forth, unobscured by obtrusive winemaking. Aromas of wild berries, dried rose petal, rich soil, orange rind and summer truffle precede a full-bodied wine with a chassis of fine-grained tannins, a generous core of sweet fruit and a sapid, penetrating finish. Drink 2026-2045
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