Red, Ready, but will keep

2003 Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, 1er Cru Domaine du Comte Armand

2003 Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, 1er Cru Domaine du Comte Armand

Red | Ready, but will keep | Code:  1972 | 2003 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Pommard | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

89/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2003 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux is respectable for the vintage, with black and red pastilles on the nose without the delineation of the 2001 or 2002, though there is an attractive lavender scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins, rendering this a mellow Clos des Epeneaux with a velvety smooth texture that is pleasant, if lacking some complexity. Drink now-2018.
Neal Martin - 29/08/2013

Burghound - "The nose is very ripe,yet there is solid freshness and no sense of prune or stewed notes, indeed it's best described as extract of ripe pinot. The big, very concentrated, plumy flavors are blessed with buckets of pinot extract that buffer the firm tannic spine and extend out to a hugely long finish. This is definitely an atypical effort, yet one that is most impressive anyway" 90/100 points Burghound.com (Apr 06)

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Pommard

Pommard

The most powerful red wines of the Côte de Beaune emanate from Pommard, where complex soils with a high proportion of iron-rich clay produce deep-coloured, relatively tannic wines. A Pommard that is ready to drink in its first few years is probably not going to be a great example of the appellation.

Two vineyards stand out: the lower part of Les Rugiens, which has been mooted for promotion to Grand Cru status, and the five-hectare, walled Clos des Epéneaux, monopoly of Comte Armand.
  • 212 hectares of village Pommard
  • 125 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (28 in all). The finest vineyards include Les Rugiens, Les Epénots (including Clos des Epéneaux) and Pézérolles
  • Recommended producers: Comte Armandde Montille, de Courcel, J-M Boillot

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