- Comte Armand
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2030
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2019
Sitting behind Volnay and Meursault, it is only in recent years that Auxey is getting the true credit it deserves. This is in part thanks to the efforts of Paul and other young winemakers who now fully appreciate its potential. This is a beauty with only 10% new oak and brilliant open red fruit flavours. It is bright and energetic, with a lovely harmony between soft crunchy fruits and juicy sweetness. Delightful.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Auxey-Duresses Village, which sees a small amount of new oak (usually the pressed wine), has a light undergrowth-tinged bouquet that just needs a little more cohesion. The palate is medium-bodied with quite rustic tannins and grippy and slightly ferrous in style, with a pinch of white pepper on the finish. Not bad, although I have a preference for the previous vintage. 2022 - 2029
Burghound, April 2020,
An exceptionally fresh nose combines notes of essence of red berries with those of earth and a whiff of humus. The sleek, intense and well-detailed middle weight flavors possess a relatively refined mouthfeel for an Auxey villages, all wrapped in a sneaky long finish where a hint of bitter bit fruit character surfaces. Outstanding. Drink 2024+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020,
Not racked. Brilliant fresh purple with a really elegant lifted nose. Thick rich succulent red fruit, still some tightness of structure, good energy. Some darker fruit at the finish. This manages to be both sumptuous and stern at the same time.
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.