Domaine Comte Armand, Clos des Epeneaux 2005, Premier Cru


Robert Parker 96

The 2005 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux was still in three lots segregated by age and location of vines when I tasted - each fascinatingly delicious in itself, and the concentration of the old vines portion in itself almost too severe. Fascinating dark berry, carnal and mineral notes mingle in the nose. Low-tone sirloin meatiness, black cherry, cassis, faintly bitter black chocolate, and toasted hickory inform a glycerin-rich, polished, yet firmly structured palate. Notes of licorice, horehound, and mineral salts add complexity to a finish of palate-staining intensity and grip. This superb Pommard should require 5-7 years of cellaring and reward considerably more. Young Benjamin Leroux took over in 1999 from Pascal Marchand (who made this estate's modern reputation), and the wines have never tasted better, nor more ageworthy. The domaine has also continued to grow - through purchase and rental - beyond their famous 13 acre core property, the Clos des Epeneaux. The wines had never been racked when I tasted them - that will only happen when they are assembled for bottling (unfiltered) - so allowance must be made for slight reduction.

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 Region France | Burgundy | Pommard
 Type Red wine
 Bottle size Standard bottle (0,75 liter)
 Bottle condition
Bottles in perfect condition: Labels and capsules excellent. Levels into the neck. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.
 When to drink 2017-2030