Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand 2015
Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux is Pommard’s most celebrated climat, and the wine is, arguably, Grand Cru quality. Indeed, an application is currently with the French National appellation authority for promotion to Grand Cru status. As Neal Martin affirms: This is a sublime expression of one of the best Côte de Beaune terroirs and an affirmation of Paul Zinetti as a talented winemaker worthy of following in Benjamin Leroux's footsteps.
Clos des Epeneaux is invariably one of the stars and most sought-after wines of our annual Burgundy En Primeur offer, selling out almost immediately and demand far outstripping supply.
We are fortunate to have secured a parcel of the 2015 vintage, which was on release one of the most celebrated red Burgundy vintages of recent years. That initial opinion was reconfirmed at the recent Burgfest: an extensive re-tasting of the region’s premiers and grands crus from the 2015 vintage by the great and good of the wine trade.
The critics agree. Neal Martin says its, ‘superb, refined, powerful and sophisticated’ 94-96 points and the leading Burgundy critic Allen Meadows enthused praise to this exceptional wine, ‘In a word, impressive. Outstanding’.
The domaine is noticeably outpacing its neighbours and redefining how this finest terroir of Pommard is capable of not only power but elegance as well. Given this is currently one of the hottest Premiers Crus in the Côte de Beaune, its price/quality ratio at £650/6 is compelling. This is Grand Cru quality for a Premier Cru outlay.
More about Comte Armand Clos des Epeneaux
Comte Armand purchased the property in 1828 and the family have overseen its long rise to the top of the Côte de Beaune’s firmament, even in the face of Pommard’s waning fortunes. Over the past decade, under régisseurs Benjamin Leroux and from 2014 Paul Zinetti, the domaine has been on a stellar trajectory.
This 5.23 hectare walled monopole has a well-earned reputation for producing long-lived wines. Its muscular tannin structure and deep fruit concentration engendered by its iron-rich soils and abundance of old vine stock go some way to explaining the natural ability of the Clos. But it has been the delicate handling in the cellar of recent years that has drawn out traits not often associated with Pommard: elegance and refinement.