- Comte Armand
- Pinot Noir
- 2023 - 2040
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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,
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,
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,
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,
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
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.