2016 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

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2016 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

The outstanding premier cru vineyard in Pommard named Clos des Epeneaux is owned exclusively by the Comte Armand domaine, making it a monopole. Planted from 1930 to 1986 , the soils are covered with stones on the surface, brown soils and hard limestone underneath. This esteemed domaine is located in Pommard in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. The wines are made from biodynamic vines, 100% de-stemmed with whole-grape fermentation, 20-30% new oak; the reds are unfined, unfiltered and the whites are fined and lightly filtered. 

Wine Advocate 93-95 pt. The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux contains 10% whole-bunch fruit. I tasted from two cuvées, one from the young vines and one from the old. The young vines has clean and pure black cherry, red plum and lightly blueberry fruit that conveys a sense of energy. The palate is well balanced with succulent ripe black fruit, very fine tannin, a taut line of acidity but real complexity and tension from start to finish. I love the harmony and effortlessness of these younger vines. The cuvée from older vines demonstrated more black fruit with traces of undergrowth, a little more rondeur with impressive depth and structure on the persistent, marine/oyster shell-tinged finish. This has enormous potential and may challenge the supremacy of the 2015. Drink Date: 2020-2040.