- Comte Armand
- Pinot Noir
- 2019 - 2028
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Goedhuis, July 2017
Comte Armand produce some of the finest Pommard one can buy, and the domaine’s style of elegance and refined power are equally well executed in the lesser known neighbouring village of Auxey Duresses. This is a blend of two premier cru sites from the slopes above Meursault and Volnay, and the 2014 has an enticing scent of strawberries, pomegranates and fresh thyme. It is an exemplary illustration of Côte de Beaune aromatics, supported by chalky tannins and a delightful freshness. Young, but hugely appealing.
Neal Martin, December 2015,
The 2014 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru comes from two blended parcels and sees around 20% new oak. It has more density than the village cru on the nose: blackberry and light stony scents, perhaps just a touch of oyster shell from the limestone soils. The palate is a delight: quite grippy in the mouth, good backbone here for an Auxey-Duresses with tightly-wound, sappy black fruit towards the finish. This is very well crafted. Ten barrels produced. Drink 2016-2026
Susie Barrie MW, January 2016,
Good concentration of elegant black fruit, herbs, and forest floor flavours. Great value for this much flavour.
Clos des Épeneaux is Pommard’s most celebrated climat. The 5.23 hectare monopole has been in the Comte Armand family since 1828. Paul Zinetti took over from Benjamin Leroux as régisseur in 2014, and is rising to every challenge at this small, characterful domaine. They also have small holdings in Volnay and Auxey Duresses and, while these wines have the distinctive character of quintessential Côte de Beaune, they are also some of the most sophisticated, nuanced expressions you might taste across these villages. An understated use of new oak matches the textured fruit, and gentle handling in combination with intuitive biodynamic practices afford these wines both strength and delicacy. The domaine has begun to noticeably outpace its neighbours and redefine how the finest terroir of Pommard is capable of not only power but elegance as well.
Auxey Duresses is a lesser known appellation of 107 hectares located in the eastern hills above Meursault. Its slightly cooler climate with mostly north facing slopes enable its wines to be particularly crisp, fresh and occasionally austere in less warm vintages. Though three-quarters of its production is white, there are a handful of growers who produce reds. Due to its more modest status, its wines tend to provide excellent value for money . They are well worth seeking out particularly in warmer vintages.