- Comte Armand
- Auxey Duresses
- Pinot Noir
- 2023 - 2034
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, December 2021
A deeper, darker fruited style of Auxey Duresses this vintage. A wine with wild forest fruit flavours, and a striking amount of sweet gamey fruits. The tannins are pronounced and structured, giving great body and depth to this very interesting cuvée.
Neal Martin, December 2021,
The 2020 Auxey-Duresses Village has just a tiny amount of whole bunch fruit. It has quite a precocious bouquet with ample blueberry and black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, high-toned inky cassis fruit with a sweet, citric finish. Give this two or three years in bottle. Drink 2024 - 2032
Burghound, April 2022,
Moderate reduction renders the nose difficult to assess though there is excellent freshness and vibrancy to the nicely detailed and more mineral-inflected flavors that conclude in a mildly rustic and youthfully austere finale. Some patience should be beneficial as this is fairly tightly wound at present. Drink 2026+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
Dark purple centre with a gorgeous plump deep raspberry fruit. Seductive and juicy, just shows a bit of extra richness at the back. Just finished malolactic, neither racked nor sulphured, so understandably ungainly. Enough acidity to compensate for the 14.5% alcohol.
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.