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A big jump to the 1er Cru. A completely different level of fruit depth, and a vinous, straight-up, oak-battened stiffness and seriousness here. 15% new wood - it's not that you can taste it but you'd miss it if it wasn't there. Lovely balance. Lovely length.
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28 ares and the vines are 20 to 80 years old vines. This is a blend of one third Les Duresses and two thirds Les Bretérins. The latter has a due south exposure and is on a steep slope of white marl. Very straight and bright aroma. Splashing red fruit. So sweet on the attack. It has supple tannins. Just a little plump in the middle and singing with fruit. Fresh and lively. Fine textured tannins, just a little bite and a tight chalky edge. Real clarity of fruit and precision. From 2015
17 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing
Quite lively and rich and racy. Smooth and lively. So much more concentrated than the average red Auxey. Solid and dry. 2015-2019
16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Not the most concentrated wine in the world, but pure and linear. Chalky tannins and fresh acidity provide a structural thread for the bright raspberry, redcurrant fruit. There's a twang of minerality on the finish.
88 Natasha Hughes MW, www.wine-pages.com
17.5 Matthew Jukes
Good medium red. Pure aromas of red fruits and spices. Juicy and nicely delineated, with good mineral lift to the flavors of red berries, earth and tobacco. This essentially lean wine shows very firm acidity.
86 - 89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of two 1ers, the older vines Les Bréterins and Bas de Duresses – the vines run from 35 to 75 years of age). A more deeply pitched and more complex mix of red berry, blue fruit, plum and plenty of earth gives way to nicely concentrated middle weight flavors that complement the complexity of the aromas with plenty of their own. The long and sappy finish is admirably well-balanced and this attractive effort should reward mid-term cellaring. 2016+
88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com
The 2010 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru is a model of grace and elegance. Silky red berries, crushed flowers and spices flesh out nicely in the glass in this attractive, mid-weight Burgundy.
89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
Domaine Comte Armand: Full Wine List and Profile
The Comte Armand is a lawyer living in Paris, but very supportive of the régisseurs who have looked after this domaine for the twenty-four years or so that L&S have been buying here. The 1980 vintage, made by one of the many Rossignols of Volnay who was in charge at the time, was a great introduction to the possibilities of the great Clos des Epeneaux vineyard. Then came the era of Pascal Marchand, a young Quebecois who came to do a harvest with Domaine Bruno Clair and just never left. He began a period of radical restructuring and the introduction of organic and then biodynamic farming, while making very dark, dense and long-lived wines. Benjamin Leroux, hugely respected amongst growers who approach things from an organic or biodynamic point of view, then took over, and has refined this approach and changed the way the parcels of vines are divided up for harvesting, paying less attention to just the age of the vines, and more to the underlying soil types. Claude Bourguignon was employed to provide a full geological survey of the Clos as the basis for this. Benjamin is also a master technician if required to be. The wines of the Clos have gained in finesse and precision, while still having the depth and richness expected of a great Pommard. Both Pascal and Benjamin were keen to expand beyond the confines of the Clos, and the Domaine also has vines in Volnay, and, a particular enthusiasm of both Pascal and Benjamin, in Auxey Duresses, where they are convinced of the great potential of some of this village's undervalued and neglected terroirs. Now (2014) the reins are handed to Paul Zinetti, who has worked here with Ben for four years before taking over.
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