In a beautiful place right now. Rich, mid-dark fruits, volume, length. A hint of ripe, integrated tannins give a bit of structure and suggest 3-5 years more aging potential -- not more as this is a fleshy wine that lacks a bit of acidity for the ripeness, and it becomes slightly flabby when warming up from cellar temperature / after 1-2 hours. Not hot, though, and thoroughly burgundian even if fruit-forward. This bottle showed better than the last several, probably because it was served directly from the cellar (14-15 C) and benefited from the temperature.
The nose is beautifully ripe; the medium weight body is concentrated with lovely round velvety textures, silky and seamless. What this wine does not have, when compared to other Epeneaux, are those focussed, minerally complex layers combined with an elegant high-toned acidity that make it such a powerful elegant and long-lived wine. Not typical, but none the worse for that; in fact utterly delicious! The tannins are very smooth and barely noticeable. Unlike other Epeneaux, which are barely ready at 10 years of age, this one is raring to go. Estimated maturity: 2013-2020.
This was a fairly chunky wine with dark fruit but also with lovely freshness to it. The nose was not too complex but still did not have any cooked element and no jamminess at all. The palate was were this really shone. It was very succulent and had a tingling acidity which really made it persistence and long. Had it to Beauf Bourgignon and the match was great.
Outstanding - not had much 03 burg recently but this doesn't behave like what I was expecting. Generous yes and perhaps ever so slightly candied but definitely the right side of voluptuous. Tannins balanced secondary aromas coming out a little undergrowth perhaps and the vaguest whiff of Parma violets.
Had put off opening because I thought it might be a bit bla now I wish I'd saved it for something special
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(Comte Armand Pommard "Clos de Epeneaux") Wow this was frigging good! Everything about this wine was big. The nose, the palate, the concentration, the tannins, the minerality and the finish. It is so dense but still retains some eleagance. The mid palate just explodes into a very very long finish. Very dark fruited with fantastic dense minerality. The oak is there but is almost completley absorbed by the wealth of fruit. Absolutely stunning bottle of wine. Will age for at least 25-35 years.
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