1990 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



Similar to the 1990s from one of Pommard's other top producers, Armand and Aleth Girardin, this is a monster wine. It is one of the most concentrated, massive Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtering after it had spent 23-months in small oak casks. The color is black/purple, and the nose offers up sweet aromas of licorice, minerals, and super-ripe black fruits intertwined with the smell of toasty vanillin new oak. In the mouth, there is awesome concentration, a thick, glycerin-imbued, full-bodied, chewy texture, and mouthsearing tannins in the explosively long finish. This should prove to be a monumental Pommard, but prospective purchasers will need to wait 10-12 years for this wine to shed some of its tannic clout. It should keep for 25-30 years. Wine Advocate.December, 1992

Currently, the Domaine des Epeneaux - so called after the nearby Clos - covers 7.5 hectares. There is great respect for the vineyard and emphasis on allowing the terroir to express itself. Pre-fermentation maceration takes place over 5 to 8 days at a temperature of 13-14°C. Spontaneous fermentation takes place across 5 to 10 days. Finally post fermentation maceration takes place over about 3 to 15 days. Wines spend 18 to 24 months in barrel, from no new wood for the villages wines to 80% for Vieilles Vignes" in Clos des Epeneaux. Le Pommard 1er cru Clos des Epeneaux is made exclusively from vines older than 25 years. The second wine, bottled under the appellation "Pommard Village" is from younger vines, the amount varies on the vintage, with between 10 and 20% of Clos des Epeneaux ensuring the high quality.

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