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Red
2017 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Pinot Noir
7/4/2018 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Comte Armand Cellar Visit and Tasting (Day 11, Visit 2) (Pommard): Barrel tasting at the domaine. We tasted each of the four blocks separately, then an assemblage of the four together.

Assemblage: Black cherry with faint red cherry hints. Complete and already well composed. Long finish in on the firm for now, to be expected of course from Clos des Epeneaux, but I expect this will drink well on the young side for this wine, probably as early as 2025. 92-93 point potential.

Block 2 (~35 yo vines with little topsoil, lots of limestone): Big, rich and lots of black berries and some boysenberry jam. Very tannic, medium weight, slightly awkward on its own.

Block 1 (55-60 yo vines, more soil, more clay): So much depth and weight with layers and layers, but a bit of a tannic beast. This texturally coats the whole mouth and demands your attention.

Block 3 (85 yo vines, varied soil depths): Easily the most complete of the four blacks and the most interesting. Dense and powerful with roasted meat. Good array of dark fruits on finish, almost good already. Still a very firm finish.

Block 4 (88-98 yo vines, varied soil depths): Lighter and more minerally than any of the others with a sneaky density I like a lot. Incredibly elegant with an enticing floral/ spice charm.
  • nskelsey commented:

    1/14/19, 8:07 AM - I have been buying Clos des Epeneaux every year since 2001 and have never read a tasting note on each block; fascinating. Thank you.

Red
2003 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Pinot Noir
4/8/2011 - cooberp wrote:
91 points
Light ruby. Quite ripe, indicative of the vintage. Great, perfumed nose of rich, sweet strawberry and raspberry and a lot of cinnamon. Sweet, warm. Not particularly long, with most of the flavor coming on the attack. Another taster said marzipan which I picked up. Could use some more acidity. No heat, not much tannin. Savory/creamy texture comes out with air.
  • nskelsey commented:

    6/1/13, 2:02 AM - Spot on. I agree with this review which tallies with a bottle I have just opened up.

White - Off-dry
2005 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive Alsace Gew├╝rztraminer
5/5/2012 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
This is a beauty. Utterly gorgeous nose with notes of peach, passion fruit and a hint of lime. The palate is honeyed, but in no way cloying or heavy. The flavours are vibrant and juicy with a delicate spiciness at its core. This is Gewurztraminer at its elegant best. Despite its youth this is drinking really well now and should age beautifully. Sheer class. Estimated maturity: 2012-2020+
  • nskelsey commented:

    3/19/13, 8:06 AM - I can only give my personal preference and say that for me this wine is either a dessert on its own or alongside some simple fresh fruit and your favourite cheeses. Might work with a creme brulee or something else fairly mild mannered, but most things would, in my opinion, detract. I certainly wouldn't drink with any kind of main course or any puddings containing chocolate. This wine needs to be enjoyed for what it is with as few competing flavours as possible. Hope this helps and that the wine lives up to my review!. Regards, Nigel

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