2009 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru "Grand Clos des Epenots" (1.5L)

SKU #1270041 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a hint of menthol to the less elegant but more complex nose that displays a dazzling array of spice, floral, earth, underbrush and red currant aromas. There is outstanding richness to the powerful and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors brimming with ample amounts of dry extract that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This is a burly and quite serious effort that is not especially rustic though one that will require plenty of cellar time to reach its peak.  (4/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium saturated color. Lovely, open fruit-filled nose is sweet and floral with scents of black cherry, raspberry, herbs, minerals, violets, and a little greenness in the background. On the palate, this juicy wine is quite similar to #10, displaying chocolate richness, excellent structure, concentration, firm tannins, good grip, and strong supporting acids. Very long, penetrating finish. Really superb, with a bright future! (NM-Wine Journal)  (8/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous aromas of toasty oak lead off in this polished red, followed by black cherry, blackberry and spearmint flavors. The structure present, yet ably matched by concentrated, ripe fruit. Best from 2015 through 2025. (BS)  (6/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, violet, menthol and chocolate call to mind a top wine from Saint-Emilion; just a hint of jamminess. Thick, pure creamy cassis in the mouth; really shockingly fresh and primary, but then I tasted this barely a month after it was bottled. At once dense and juicy on the long, chocolatey finish. I may be underrating this today. Confuron told me that the pHs in his 2009s are in the high 3.8 to 3.9 range, but maintained that one can modify the impression of acidity with fresh aromas and tannins. 92+ (ST)  (3/2012)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.