2002 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Comte Armand

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Average critic rating : 90.0 points



The 2002 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux does not quite match the previous vintage. It has a stern, earthy, tobacco-scented bouquet with touches of small dark cherries and potpourri, followed by a scent of iodine. The palate is sweet on the entry with well-judged acidity and comes across as quite feminine, a trait more evident in subsequent vintages. It feels natural and concludes with a delicate touch of spice that lingers in the mouth. This is very fine. Drink now-2018+. ||This tasting was organized by UK importer Howard Ripley Ltd. Ticket was paid in full by The Wine Advocate. eRobertParker.com.August, 2013

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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