2009 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Grand Clos des Épenots|
A ruby; a big, gleaming ruby with a richness of depth and a colour that is deep and dark at the centre. Precisely-cut, flashing edges, a solid, satisfying weight. Concentrated and yet perfectly translucent, glowing, leaving a mysterious complex shadow behind. L&S (Jan 2011)
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There is a lovely depth of fruit that packs out the nose and enriches the palate. Black fruit dominates but there is enough mulberry and red cherry to give freshness and balance. The flavours linger on the finish. 2013-18 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
(from an enormous 4.8 ha parcel with vines ranging from 50 to 65 years of age). Here too there is a hint of menthol to the less elegant but more complex nose that displays a dazzling array of spice, floral, earth, underbrush and red currant aromas. There is outstanding richness to the powerful and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors brimming with ample amounts of dry extract that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This is a burly and quite serious effort that is not especially rustic though one that will require plenty of cellar time to reach its peak. 2029+ Rating: 94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2012)
(from an enormous 4.8 ha parcel with vines ranging from 50 to 65 years of age). Here the nose is less elegant but more complex still with a dazzling array of spice, floral, earth, underbrush and red currant aromas that lead to rich, powerful and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors brimming with ample amounts of dry extract that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This is quite a serious effort but it’s not especially rustic and this too will require plenty of cellar time to reach its peak. 2024+ Rating: 92-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (May 2011)
One of the leading names in Pommard on stellar form. Quite tannic and sturdy at the moment, but still made in a modern style. One to tuck away for a few years as it develops. 5-10 years. Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2011)
Lush cherry nose, with integrated oak aromas. Broad, fleshy, and opulent, this has characteristic power, moderate acidity, and shows a touch of heat on the finish. But needs time to harmonise. Drink 2015-2025. Rating: ****17 Stephen Brook, Decanter.com (Feb 2011)
This has a very ripe, vanillary bouquet that deepens with aeration, developing a touch of cherry liqueur with time. The palate is muscular with dense tannins, very compact and needs air to relax and open but wonderful precision and length, strawberry and dark cherries with a hint of espresso lingering on the finish. Lovely. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Feb 2011)
Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, violet, licorice and minerals on the nose. Dense and ripe but sappy and not at all thick, with its impressive volume cut by violet and spice. This boasts an impressive combination of sweetness, vibrancy and powerful underlying structure. Finishes with saline and chocolate notes and excellent lift. Offers superb potential. Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2011)
This has an anticipation of elegance and sweeping character across the palate. More expansive. Slightly floral and aromatic. The texture has a smooth, open, airier texture. Harmony is foreseeable. Fine to Fine+. 2015 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2011)
Domaine de Courcel
The other great domaine of Pommard, and three great expressions of the terroir of Pommard, yet a very different style to the Clos des Épeneaux of Comte Armand. Yves Confuron, the régisseur, describes the difference between the two top wines by saying that the Grand Clos is 'terreux' while the Rugiens is 'aérien'.
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