Red, Ready, but will improve

2006 Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, 1er Cru Domaine du Comte Armand

2006 Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, 1er Cru Domaine du Comte Armand

Red | Ready, but will improve | Code:  2229 | 2006 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Pommard | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

91-92+/100

Burghound

89-92/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2006 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux which I last tasted lot by lot from barrel and as an impromptu approximation to the final assemblage 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 somber amalgamation of blackberry, plum, peat, beef, and stone, but also a saliva-inducing savor. 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. I would expect the finished wine to be worth following for a decade if not longer.
David Schildknecht - 22/12/2009

Burghound - A deep, brooding yet beautifully layered nose of raspberry, cherry and red pinot fruit nuanced by hints of spice, earth, minerals and a dried herb component introduces intense, balanced and pure flavours that culminate in a serious, mouth-coating and well built finish, where the tannins are solid but not rustic or aggressive. This will require the better part of a decade to arrive at its majority.
(89-92 points, Burghound.com -Apr 08)

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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