Goedhuis, December 2019
Tasted first as four individual parcels, each of which are vinified separately. The blend incorporates the young vines (35-55 years old) and old vines (65-98 years old) grown across the climat’s four blocks. Paul attributes the young vines with giving spice, acidity, and fragrance, whilst the old vines carry the 30% new oak to provide structure and power. The completed cuvée is an absolute cracker; stunningly aromatic, with wild bramble fruits and hints of Arabian spice. Smooth tannins finely balance the fruit and freshness. A very composed and grand style, this has huge length and legs for aging. Superb.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru was tasted from the four component blends and an assemblage. I must say that although I would like to have reported about the obvious difference between parcels of various vine age and soil types, I would describe them more as variations on a theme, the differences more nuanced than I have found in other vintages. The final pre-prepared blend has a delineated bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and cranberry scents, more floral than expected, with pressed rose petals and orange blossom emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and the 30% new oak extremely well integrated, with savory hints toward the persistent finish. This is just superb. 2024 - 2055
Burghound, April 2020,
This is the first wine to display an appreciable level of wood influence on the distinctly earthy aromas of plum, black pinot fruit and violet. Once again, the medium-bodied flavors possess a beguiling texture and even better mid-palate concentration thanks to the abundant dry extract that also serves to buffer the firm tannic spine supporting the balanced and beautifully persistent finale. In a word, excellent. Sweet spot outstanding. Drink 2033+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020,
As ever we tasted the component parts before the blend which averaged 33 hl/ha overall, with beautiful, healthy grapes very few of which had suffered from sunburn. Here is my note on the blend: Purple with just a trace of black. The nose needs teasing out. This is more tightly knit than the individual cuvées. As much black fruit as red and with time the density begins to show, along with some spicy notes at the rim. Very intense finish, tannin swathed in noble deep red fruit.
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.