2003 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru "Clos des Epeneaux"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The nose is very ripe yet there is solid freshness and no sense of prune or stewed notes, indeed it's best described as extract of ripe pinot. The big, very concentrated, plumy flavors are blessed with buckets of pinot extract that buffer the firm tannic spine and extend out to a hugely long finish. This is definitely an atypical effort yet one that is most impressive anyway.
Transparent, distinctly sweet and a bit gassy. Meatiness on the nose. This wine from the heatwave was immediately most appealing although it did fade in the glass, suggesting the indubitable fruit is just a tad tired and very slightly simple - but it's lots of fun. To be enjoyed sooner rather than later. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux is respectable for the vintage, with black and red pastilles on the nose without the delineation of the 2001 or 2002, though there is an attractive lavender scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins, rendering this a 'mellow' Clos des Epeneaux with a velvety smooth texture that is pleasant, if lacking some complexity. Drink now-2018. (NM)
Vintage detail from Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate: "As always, the fruit for the 2003 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux (red) was harvested, vinified, and aged in three distinct batches, separated by age of vines. The youngest plants, those ranging from 16-21 years old, have been declassified to produce a 2003 Pommard 1er Cru (deemed too hard and astringent to be recommended). Typically, the middle-age vines (ranging from 26-50 years old) constitute 70% of the final blend. Yet, in 2003, the old vines (60-75 years old) 'didn’t suffer from any of nature’s assaults so their yields were normal,' resulting in their constituting fully 50% of the final assemblage. The cuvee from 26-50 year old vines, from parcels located at both the top and bottom of the Clos, displays a medium to dark ruby color, waxy black fruit aromas, a medium body, dense dark fruit flavors, and chewy, highly present tannin. The old vine cuvee is the finest Pommard I’ve put to my lips...." (4/2006)