2009 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel
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Not as finished or polished as the Grands Epenots, more backward, a bit firmer, more mineral, and a fresher acidity. But its all round, all slick. A huge wine, essence of rock, and yet easy, supple despite the tannic presence. Superb, but not for any time soon. Keep 10 years absolute minimum. L&S (Jan 2011)
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(from a 1.07 ha parcel in Rugiens-Hauts). This is also notably ripe with an expressive and very fresh nose of black cherry, floral and stone aromas that complement well the intensely mineral-inflected broad-shouldered and precise flavors. The supporting structure possesses excellent phenolic maturity before culminating in a driving, serious, austere and stunningly long finish. This is simply terrific though note that it will not be an early drinker. 2031+ Rating: 95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2012)
This is also notably ripe with an expressive and very fresh nose of black cherry, floral and stone aromas that complement well the intensely mineral-inflected broad-shouldered and precise flavors where the supporting structure possesses excellent phenolic maturity, all wrapped in a driving, serious, austere and stunningly long finish. This is simply terrific though note that it will not be an early drinker. 2026+ Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (May 2011)
Pretty serious Pommard, especially at the price. This will need a little time to settle in bottle and lose its slightly firm edge, but it’s supported by ripe, plummy fruit and sweet oak. 4-10 years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2011)
Medium red. Aromas of blackberry syrup and spices. Lush, rich and sweet, with a distinctly chocolatey richness to the black cherry and blackberry flavors. Began a bit warm on the end but seemed to tighten up in the glass. Still, this is more flamboyant and exuberant than the Grand Clos des Epenots, no doubt in part because it finished its malolactic fermentation much earlier. Tannins are ripe and fine. Rating: 93(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2011)
Spicy, red pepper aroma. This is compact, tight, quite straight, well defined and vibrant. There is energy here and drive on the finish. Wine with a lot of ripe fruit and tannins. Needs time. The vigorous finish is very promising. Fine+. From 2016 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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