Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand 2017 & 2018

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. We were bowled over by sheer calibre of theses wines after revisiting them in a recent tasting. The 2017 is in the words of Neal Martin “a lilting Clos des Epeneaux, more elegant than expected with fine length” whilst 2018 “promises to number among the Côte de Beaune's wines of the vintage, and it will be well worth seeking out”, as William Kelley states. 

2017 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2040
  • Comte Armand
  • 6x75cl
  • Pommard, Red Burgundy
  • Available Now
Pricing
£595.00 In Bond £730.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, November 2018

    For the first time since his appointment, Paul Zinetti was able to make a Clos des Épeneaux at normal yields. The final blend will incorporate the young vines (35-55 years old) and old vines (65-98 years old) grown across the climat’s four distinct blocks, as well as some creamy, textural press wine. The young vines give spice, acidity, and fragrant cranberry aromatics, whilst the old vines carry the 30% new oak on their structural, condensed, but silky tannins. This wine demonstrates the success of Paul’s strategy, and the wine achieves a captivating combination of strength and grace.

  • Neal Martin, December 2020, Score: 93

    The 2017 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru is very perfumed and floral on the nose with rose petal and lavender aromas almost shrouding out the fruit that is tucked behind it for the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, fleshy on the entry though not as deep as the 2018 and exhibiting a higher percentage of red fruit by direct comparison. Bay leaf and white pepper emerge towards the finish, later a touch of blood orange. This is a lilting Clos des Epeneaux, more elegant than expected with fine length.

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 93-95

    The 2017 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru was tasted from different sectors of the vineyard. The first sample, tasted directly from tank, comes from two parcels, one at the bottom part of the clos populated by 45- to 65-year-old vines on clay-rich soils, and another located in a plot of 35- to 38-year-old vines. This has a precise, focused bouquet of black cherries, bilberry, a touch of oyster shell and just a hint of blue fruit. The 30% new oak is neatly integrated. The medium-bodied palate shows supple tannins laced with a fine bead of acidity. It exerts a gentle grip and feels quite saline toward the finish. A second sample from limestone soils demonstrates a little more amplitude and a higher percentage of red fruit, not to mention a silkier finish, while a third sample from 86- to 98-year-old vines provides the floral scents and the persistency, perhaps the intellect, of what will be the final blend. This does not possess quite the persistency of the greatest Clos des Epeneaux that I have encountered, yet it is undoubtedly a beautifully made wine. 2023 - 2045

  • Burghound, April 2020, Score: 92

    There is just enough wood present to merit mentioning as it frames the much earthier and slightly riper blend of both red and dark currant scents that are cut with leather and underbrush nuances. The supple medium-bodied flavors possess reasonable though not excellent mid-palate concentration before terminating in a velvety and lingering finish that exhibits focused power. The supporting tannins are sufficiently firm that this youthfully austere effort will need a decade plus of cellar time before it arrives at its apogee. Outstanding. Drink 2029+

  • Decanter, November 2018, Score: 94

    Paul Zanetti tends to make two different cuvées from the Clos des Epeneaux, one from younger vines and one from the older, left side of the premier cru, planted between 65 and 98 years ago. The combination in bottle is definitely more than the sum of its parts. This is not a blockbuster vintage for what can be an ageworthy wine, but it's still appealing in a lighter, more approachable mode, with some tannic grip but lots of perfume, finesse and succulent berry sweetness. Drink 2024-2029

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2018 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2045
  • Comte Armand
  • 6x75cl
  • Pommard, Red Burgundy
  • Available Now
Pricing
£595.00 In Bond £730.07 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, December 2019

    Tasted first as four individual parcels, each of which are vinified separately. The blend incorporates the young vines (35-55 years old) and old vines (65-98 years old) grown across the climat’s four blocks. Paul attributes the young vines with giving spice, acidity, and fragrance, whilst the old vines carry the 30% new oak to provide structure and power. The completed cuvée is an absolute cracker; stunningly aromatic, with wild bramble fruits and hints of Arabian spice. Smooth tannins finely balance the fruit and freshness. A very composed and grand style, this has huge length and legs for aging. Superb.

  • Neal Martin, December 2020, Score: 95

    The 2018 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru has an exceptionally well delineated bouquet with black cherries, iodine, incense and orange liqueur, traces of mint developing with time. There is still some wood to be assimilated - it just needs time. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening, gentle grip and superb mineralité. This feels very natural and effortless, a Clos des Epeneaux destined to age supremely well over the next 25-40 years. Wonderful.

  • Neal Martin, January 2020, Score: 93-95

    The 2018 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru was tasted from the four component blends and an assemblage. I must say that although I would like to have reported about the obvious difference between parcels of various vine age and soil types, I would describe them more as variations on a theme, the differences more nuanced than I have found in other vintages. The final pre-prepared blend has a delineated bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and cranberry scents, more floral than expected, with pressed rose petals and orange blossom emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and the 30% new oak extremely well integrated, with savory hints toward the persistent finish. This is just superb. 2024 - 2055

  • Burghound, April 2022, Score: 93

    A soft dollop of wood frames the distinctly earthy aromas of plum, black pinot fruit and violet that are definitely ripe yet remain nicely fresh. The mediumbodied flavors possess a beguiling texture and fine mid-palate concentration thanks to the abundant dry extract that serves to buffer the firm and vaguely rustic tannic spine supporting the balanced and beautifully persistent finale. This is marked by the warmth of the 2018 vintage yet even so, it manages to remain inviting and refreshing. In a word, excellent. Outstanding. Drink 2030+

  • Jasper Morris MW, January 2020, Score: 93-95

    As ever we tasted the component parts before the blend which averaged 33 hl/ha overall, with beautiful, healthy grapes very few of which had suffered from sunburn. Here is my note on the blend: Purple with just a trace of black. The nose needs teasing out. This is more tightly knit than the individual cuvées. As much black fruit as red and with time the density begins to show, along with some spicy notes at the rim. Very intense finish, tannin swathed in noble deep red fruit.

  • WK, February 2020, Score: 93-95+

    As usual, I sampled the various constituents of the cuvée before tasting a representative blend of the 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux, and as ever, the whole is superior to the sum of the parts. Wafting from the glass with a deep bouquet of raspberries, cherries, peonies, spices, orange rind, cassis, woodsmoke and espresso roast, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, its lively and concentrated core of fruit framed by rich structuring tannins, concluding with a long and sapid finish. This promises to number among the Côte de Beaune's wines of the vintage, and it will be well worth seeking out.

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