Comte Armand - Pommard - Clos des Epeneaux - Monopole - 1er Cru - 2012 - 150cl - Onshore Cellars

Comte Armand - Pommard - Clos des Epeneaux - Monopole - 1er Cru

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Wafting from the glass with a deep bouquet of raspberries, cherries, peonies, spices, orange rind, cassis, woodsmoke and espresso roast, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep, and multidimensional, its lively and concentrated core of fruit framed by rich structuring tannins, concluding with a long and sapid finish. This promises to number among the Côte de Beaune's wines of the vintage, and it will be well worth seeking out.
The 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux has gained in depth and dimension with élevage and showed very well from bottle, unfurling in the glass with an expressive, youthfully fruit-driven bouquet of raspberries, cherries, candied peel and rose petals, framed by a subtle touch of new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and fleshy, with succulent acids and elegant tannins.
The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux contains 10% whole-bunch fruit. The young vines have clean and pure black cherry, red plum and lightly blueberry fruit that conveys a sense of energy. The palate is well balanced with succulent ripe black fruit, very fine tannin, a taut line of acidity but real complexity and tension from start to finish. The cuvée from older vines demonstrated more black fruit with traces of undergrowth, a little more rondeur with impressive depth and structure on the persistent, marine/oyster shell-tinged finish. This has enormous potential and may challenge the supremacy of the 2015.
the 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux from Comte Armand has quite a nuanced nose with dusky red berry fruit, autumn leaves and a touch of stewed black tea. The palate is medium bodied with a fine line of acidity, nicely balanced and supple in the mouth. There is something easy-drinking and approachable about this Pommard: well-crafted and with satisfying tension. While not the greatest in recent vintages, this is still a pleasurable Pommard.
The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux from Domaine Comte Armand has more red rather than black fruit on the nose with plenty of wild blackberry and raspberry aromas coming through, though there is some new oak still to be resolved. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, good acidity but again, the oak still conspicuous and more expressive than the terroir at the moment.
The 2007 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux hasn't aged gracefully, and one can well understand why Benjamin Leroux latterly turned away from the use of new oak, given how unfortunate its results have been for the wines he produced during this period of his career. Offering up planky aromas of caramel, vanilla pod and coconut mingled with desiccated fruit, it's medium-bodied, drying and astringent, lacking plenitude, concentration and finesse.
The 2006 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux dramatically reflects the significance of old vines (and perhaps also of location within the Clos). This smells like an intensely aromatic and rich fruitcake, featuring dried berries, purple plum, brown spices, and citrus oil (all with a distillate-like high toned shadow), accompanied by a roasted richness of red meat and suggestions of caramel. Gently low in acidity yet at the same time suffused with dense, fine-grained tannin; it finishes with a rather sombre amalgamation of blackberry, plum, peat, beef, and stone, but also a saliva-inducing savour. Typically for this cuvee, a portion of the wine displayed a more gamey aura – possibly merely a function of reduction – but that was nicely restrained and intriguingly complex in the assemblage. And whereas the premier cru Pommard received around one-quarter new wood (prior to its first racking), this got 50%, of which no portion evinces any overt trace.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Pommard
Producer:
Comte Armand
Grapes/Blend:
Pinot Noir
Style:
Premier Cru

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Comte Armand is a renowned wine producer located in the Burgundy region of France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century when it...

Comte Armand is a renowned wine producer located in the Burgundy region of France. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 18th century when it was founded by the Count of Armand. Today, the estate is run by the fifth generation of the family, who continue to produce some of the finest wines in the region.

The estate is located in the village of Pommard, which is known for its rich, full-bodied red wines. Comte Armand produces a range of wines, including several premier cru and grand cru wines. The estate's flagship wine is the Pommard Clos des Epeneaux, which is a premier cru wine that is highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world.

Comte Armand's wines are produced using traditional methods, with a focus on terroir and minimal intervention. The estate's vineyards are located on some of the best terroir in the region, with soils that are rich in limestone and clay. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, and the wines are aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months.

The estate produces both red and white wines, with the red wines being the most famous. The red wines are made from Pinot Noir grapes, which are known for their complexity and depth of flavour. The white wines are made from Chardonnay grapes, which are grown on the estate's small parcel of white wine vineyards.

Comte Armand's wines are known for their elegance, balance, and longevity. They are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world, and are considered some of the finest wines produced in Burgundy.

In conclusion, Comte Armand is a producer of exceptional wines that are highly regarded in the wine world. The estate's focus on terroir and traditional methods of production have resulted in wines that are complex, elegant, and age-worthy. Whether you are a collector or simply a lover of fine wine, Comte Armand's wines are not to be missed.

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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

Main grapes:

Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Pommard

Pommard is a village located in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy, France. The village is known for producing some of the most robust and full-bodied red...

Pommard is a village located in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy, France. The village is known for producing some of the most robust and full-bodied red wines in the region. Pommard wines are made from Pinot Noir grapes, which are grown on the slopes of the Côte d'Or.

The history of winemaking in Pommard dates back to the Roman era, when the area was known for producing high-quality wines. The village was also a popular destination for pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela, who would stop in Pommard to rest and enjoy the local wines.

Today, Pommard is home to some of the most prestigious wineries in Burgundy, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte Armand, and Domaine de Courcel. These wineries are known for their traditional winemaking techniques, which involve hand-harvesting the grapes and fermenting them in oak barrels.

Pommard wines are known for their deep ruby color and complex aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and earthy notes. On the palate, these wines are full-bodied and tannic, with flavors of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of minerality. Pommard wines are best enjoyed with hearty dishes such as roasted meats, stews, and strong cheeses.

Overall, Pommard is a must-visit destination for wine lovers who appreciate bold and complex red wines. The village's rich history and traditional winemaking techniques have helped to establish Pommard as one of the premier wine regions in Burgundy.

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