2015 Auxey-Duresses, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

2015 Auxey-Duresses, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

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2015 Auxey-Duresses, 1er Cru, Comte Armand, Burgundy

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Ripe purple, with a dense concentration of dark cherry fruit, there is something a touch firmer behind, with more structure, as befits a Premier Cru. The bones are covered by delicious, unctuous fruit. This is a wine with great persistence. Drink 2020-2028.
Jasper Morris MW, Wine Buyer

Paul Zinetti’s second harvest at the domaine has at least given him a few more grapes to play with than 2014 and fruit of exceptional quality. Nonetheless 2015 was once again a very short crop because of the previous hail damage, delivering just one third of what used to be normal. The grapes were mostly de-stemmed, although some whole bunches were used, but always a minority.

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A slighty more elegant nose offers up licquer-like aromas of dark cherry liqueur that are trimmed in soft earth and floral nuances. The medium-bodied flavors possess a slightly finer mouth feel along with more evident minerality on the refreshing, balanced, layered and lingering finale. This is a very fine Auxey 1er that should drink well after only 5 years of cellaring but reward 8 to 10.
Alan Meadows - Burghound - Apr-2017 Read more
Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2015 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru, which is a blend of 60% Breterins and 40% Les Bas des Duresses close to Monthlie, had received a bit of SO2 a week before my visit and was due to be transferred into tank for around two months. It contains 10% whole bunch fruit this year and sees 20% new oak. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries, raspberry and confit fruit all with fine delineation. The tannins here are finer than the village cru as you would expect, the acidity nicely judged (3.4 pH) with a poised and tensile finish that delivers a welcome salinity on the finish. This comes highly recommended and is certainly one of the best 2015s that I have encountered from the appellation.
Neal Martin - 28/12/2016 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Bright blueish crimson. Lots of layers and interest here. Bright bitter cherry notes on the nose. Racy but not thin. Tense and rather thrilling. Excellent, serious wine and really exciting! Did the cooler location help? 
Jancis Robinson - Jan-2017 Read more
The Auxey premier cru has darker, brooding fruit tones, with more concentration and depth than the village example, but it is marked more obviously by the influence of new oak. While the wine's raw materials are superior, its village sibling may give more uncomplicated pleasure. Drinking Window 2028 - 2028
William Kelley - Decanter Read more
Stephen Tanzer90/100
A blend of Les Bréterins and Bas des Duresses, the former on calcaire and the latter on clay-based soil; bottled in December of 2016: Healthy full red. Very ripe but sappy aromas of red fruits and licorice. A step up in breadth and finesse of texture from the village Auxey-Duresses, showing a more serious medicinal aspect to its red cherry, mineral and menthol flavors. Finishes classically dry and fairly tannic, considerably longer on the aftertaste than the village version and coating more of the mouth. This comes across as less extreme, not to mention outstanding for its appellation.
Stephen Tanzer - Jan-2018 Read more

About this WINE

Domaine Comte Armand

Domaine Comte Armand

Owned by the family of the Comte Armand since 1825, Clos des Epeneaux is among Pommard’s most revered vineyards. Post-phylloxera, it wasn’t replanted until 1930. Further vineyards were acquired in ’94: Auxey-Duresses, Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru, Volnay and Volnay’s Frémiets.

The modern era effectively began with Pascal Marchand, who was succeeded as winemaker by Benjamin Leroux. When Ben left in 2014 to focus on his own business, Paul Zinetti took the reins.

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A small village in a side valley off the Côte de Beaune, with a slightly cooler local climate making for a more austere style of Burgundy. Nonetheless this can be an excellent source of relatively inexpensive wine in warmer years, or from top producers. At the moment production is about 75:25 red to white. The reds can age well, while the whites can have a most attractive minerality.

  • 138 hectares of village Auxey-Duresses
  • 32 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (nine in all), the best being Les Duresses
  • Recommended producers:  Comte Armand (red), Fichet (white)

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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.

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