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Goedhuis, December 2015
An absolute stunner, this wine has 10% whole bunch fruit. The deeply layered wild strawberry and summer fruit flavours, integrated tannins and subtle tones of mocha and spice show why for many this is equal to a Grand Cru location. Extraordinary intensity, it has the Pommard power and yet is also refined and hugely polished. A wine of very high class indeed. Drink 2017-2032
Neal Martin, December 2015,
The 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux was reduced to 22 hectares after losing 90% of the crop due to the hail. It has an elegant and precise bouquet of lifted red and black fruit, fine mineralité and terroir expression, despite the impact of the hail. The palate is crisp on the entry with supple tannins, very harmonious with a light marine influence infusing the finish, one of the most elegant that I have encountered in recent years. There is again a little wood to be absorbed, but it is a lovely Clos des Epeneaux.
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.
A long popular appellation, Pommard is yet another exclusive red wine area which produces by far the most structured reds of the Côte de Beaune. It extracts rich body and long ageing potential from the limestone/iron-rich clay soil. Some examples can be markedly rustic, yet as time has passed and winemaking know-how has improved, Pommard's wines are becoming softer and more approachable when young. Its vines cover 317 hectares of which over a third are premier cru vineyards. Several have pronounced following and even one, Les Rugiens, is being pushed to become a grand cru.