2005 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru "Grand Clos des Epenots"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
**Outstanding** An explosive red pinot fruit nose is nuanced by hints of earth, underbrush and an interesting touch of peach stone introduces still bigger, richer and more structured flavors that possess serious size and weight, culminating in a velvety and mouth coating finish that seems to go on and on. This is an extremely impressive wine constructed in an old school style but there's nothing rustic or inelegant about it though note that it's built for the long-term. (AM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Very ripe, smoky nose showed mounting red fruits with aeration; ultimately much less extreme than the Fremiers. Then similarly huge in the mouth, with smoke and mineral notes complicated by an exotic stone fruit (peach, apricot) character. This silky, voluptuous wine offers superb depth of flavor and slowly mounting, superripe finishing flavors that saturate the palate. Best of all, it seemed to gain in freshness as it opened in the glass. (ST)
This red is rich, round and very accessible, tasting of freshly crushed berry and cherry. A phalanx of ripe tannins lurks in the background, but this is balanced and ends with a spicy note. Best from 2012 through 2026. (BS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Courcel’s 2005 Pommard Grand Clos des Epenots (which exhibits a notably darker color than Courcel’s other wines) leads with aromas of cassis, smoked meat, bitter chocolate, and resin. In the mouth, this is concentrated and compact in structure, yet rich and expansive in flavor, with dark fruit, meat stock and chocolate mingling in a concentrated reduction, tinged by bitter fruit skin, fruit pit, coffee ground and wet stone. Ample, rich fruit covers the abundant and tightly-stitched tannin, but the almost savagely intense finish betrays a hint of heat from the wine’s roughly 14.5% alcohol. (DS)