2012 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Grand Clos des Épenots|
Immediate sense of class, this wine has a grace to it. Fatness and volume, richly full of fruit but also richly tannic. Very full. Superb richness. Wait fifteen or twenty years and serve with a leg of lamb or venison. L&S (Dec 2013)
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(from an enormous 4.8 ha parcel with vines ranging from 50 to 65 years of age). This is also markedly ripe yet not quite as ripe as the Fremiers with its array of both red and dark currant, black cherry, tobacco and warm earth aromas that are trimmed in noticeable wood. There is fine detail and reasonably good punch to the lush and very round medium-bodied flavors that also display a hint of mocha. This too is a big and overtly powerful Pommard yet it avoids being top heavy. Note that I would strongly suggest that this not even be considered before it has at least 10 years of bottle age. 2027+ Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
Good deep red. Slightly roasted red fruits and dried spices on the nose and palate. Sweet, thick and mouthfilling; almost Rhône-like in its ripeness without coming across as heavy. Finishes with noble tannins, excellent length and surprising vinosity. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2015)
(from an enormous 4.8 ha parcel with vines ranging from 50 to 65 years of age). This is also markedly ripe yet not quite as ripe as the Fremiers with its array of both red and dark currant, black cherry and warm earth aromas. There is fine detail and reasonably good punch to the lush and very round medium-bodied flavors that also display a hint of backend bitterness that will probably age out. 2024+ Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
It’s hard to choose between this and Les Rugiens from the same domaine in 2012, such is the quality of both bottlings from the outrageously talented Yves Confuron. This is a dense, concentrated wine, but it’s sappy, lively and refined too, with marked, savoury whole bunch characters on the nose and palate and succulent fruit sweetness. 2018-30 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Good full red. Liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of redcurrant, leather and musky underbrush. Lovely Pommard depth and soil tones to the complex flavors of red berries, smoked meat, spices and pepper. Finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering note of licorice. Excellent potential. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
Really delicious rhubarb, cranberry and redcurrant fruit – lots to enjoy here already, really expressive and satisfying. Plenty of tannin and acid too – bold and stylised, but successfully so. 2017-2032 Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)
The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos Les Epenots is perhaps the centerpiece of the domaine: a considerable 4.92-hectare holding of 65-year old vines. It has a more mineral-driven bouquet that shows admirable clarity and finesse. The palate is very tight at the moment with dark berry fruit, forest floor and a touch of tobacco. There is a gentle grip here, good length and firm backbone on the finish. Perhaps somewhat inevitably, this is my pick from Domaine de Courcel’s 2012 this year Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2014)
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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