- Comte Armand
- Pinot Noir
- 2024 - 2036
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, December 2021
This wine comes from two different locations in the appellation: Les Grands Champs which provides finesse and elegance, while Les Famines is credited with body and power. A little reserved on the nose, the palate shows off the wine’s grace and depth. Refined and pure with raspberry and loganberry fruits. The tannins are silky, whilst also giving a touch of grip on the finish. Superb all round.
Neal Martin, December 2021,
The 2020 Volnay Village has a refined, quite intense cassis and black cherry nose, quite high toned but managing to retain its delineation. The palate is quite intense but pure with blood orange infused red fruit, gentle grip towards the slightly brittle finish, quite spicy on the aftertaste. Give this 3-5 years in bottle. Drink 2025 - 2040
Burghound, April 2022,
A very ripe yet still nicely fresh nose combines notes of poached plum, dark cherry, spice and a touch of warm earth. There is very good density to the robust and muscular middle weight flavors that offer solid depth and persistence on the lightly rustic finale. Very good quality here for its level. Outstanding. Drink 2026+
Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
Dark centre with purple rim. The bouquet is not as over the top as either Auxey, this is much finer in all its expressions, ripe tannins, just a little acidity, a smooth ripe deep raspberry fruit with excellent length. Malolactic happened earlier here so the wine is in a better position to taste. 14.2%
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 red wine appellation only, wines from Volnay might be considered the most revered of southern Burgundy. They have been celebrated since the 18th century for their delicacy. But they are not fruit forward like those of Beaune or Chorey Lès Beaune nor have the brooding structure of Pommard.Instead, they have superb linearity, focus and poise while sheathed in velvety tannin. This slightly reticent personality comes out even more with a bit of age, though some can be approached very young. There are no grand cru vineyards in Volnay, but there are some excellent premier cru examples including Volnay Les Champans and Volnay Les Caillerets. Chardonnay grown in the shared Santenots vineyard must be labelled as Meursault.