2012 Domaine Comte Armand
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Quite deeply colored. Reduction masks the nose but there is good freshness and fine concentration to the extract-rich middle weight flavors that terminate in a firm, robust and ever-so-mildly rustic and austere finish. This is a very pretty villages and very typical of Auxey. 2018+ Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
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The 2012 Auxey-Duresses is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. A brilliant and precise wine, the 2012 bursts from the glass with sweet red berries, cranberries, flowers, mint and crushed rocks. The 2012 dazzles for its energy, crystalline and phenomenal purity. What a fabulous wine this is. 2014-2022 Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2014)
Good bright red. Tangy aromas of red raspberry and cherry. A juicy, intense fruit bomb with a hint of herbs contributing to the impression of cut. Plenty of chewy extract here, especially for fruit harvested with 11.8% potential alcohol. A delicious outperformer. Rating: 88-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
The 2012 Auxey-Duresses Village has a lucid ruby color. The nose is vibrant with scents of wild strawberry and raspberry jam aromas joined by blueberry scents with time in the glass. The palate has plenty of energy exuded by the sorbet-fresh entry with fine acidity throughout. The tannins are fine and juicy with a lively mineral-rich, cassis-driven finish. This will provide wonderful early drinking. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2014)
Domaine Comte Armand
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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