Comte Armand, Clos des Epeneaux Monopole Pommard Epenots Premier Cru, Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2006 through Merchant of Wine.

Comte Armand, Clos des Epeneaux Monopole Pommard Epenots Premier Cru, Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2006

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Overview of the Wine
The "Domaine des Epeneaux" owes its name to The "Clos des Epeneaux", somptuous piece of land of five hectares acquired by Nicolas Marey, in the late of the XVIIIth century and early of the XIXth. In 1828, The "Clos des Epeneaux" and its building, located in the center of Pommard and known under Fief Rancy's name, where there and then included in the estate of Count Armand's family.

The Domaine remained as it was until to 1994, when it was expanded to vines in Volnay, then with plots of Auxey-Duresses. Actually, Le Domaine des Epeneaux stretches out over a total surface of 7,5 hectares and developes wines which will be, for every one, the expression of its "terroir".

After a seven year apprenticeship, the capable Paul Zinetti has taken over here and done an exceptional job under the tricky conditions. Fully organic since 2005 and now certified as biodynamic, the lower parts of the vineyard are worked by horse and the reduced compaction is already resulting in a better soil structure. Epeneaux is, of course, one of the great reds of the Cotes de Beaune.

Grape / Blend
Pinot Noir

Côte de O'r, Burgundy, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Steeming from a "terroir" located at the bottom of the hill, on a brown, limestone ground, very poor and stony on the surface, with a layer of hard rocks underneath. This wine is heavy and deep, with a structure and great finesse and to be kept : ten to fifteen years for age.

In the "Clos des Epeneaux", vines stretchs out ten to seventy years. The Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 1er cru results of the blending of this different plots.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2005)
The 2005 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux is a rather controversial wine. It has a youthful nose of quite powerful, almost burly black fruit laced with iodine and dried petals, that is nicely focused. The palate is full-bodied and sinewy, with layers of spicy red and black fruit and a dash of white pepper and cloves.

Product size: 750ml
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