2006 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru "Clos des Epeneaux"

SKU #1309616 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 In contrast to the reticence displayed from barrel, now that the '06 is in bottle it is surprisingly open and expressive with a beautifully layered nose of raspberry, cherry and red Pinot fruit nuanced by hints of spice, earth, minerals and a dried herb component that introduces intense, balanced and pure flavors that culminate in a serious, mouth coating and well built finish where the tannins are solid but not rustic or aggressive. This will require the better part of a decade to arrive at its majority as the tannins are quite firm and despite the inviting openness of the nose, the finish is on the austere side at present. *Outstanding*  (4/2009)

91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux -- which I last tasted lot by lot from barrel and as an impromptu approximation to the final assemblage -- dramatically reflects the significance of old vines (and perhaps also of location within the Clos). This smells like an intensely aromatic and rich fruitcake, featuring dried berries, purple plum, brown spices, and citrus oil (all with a distillate-like high toned shadow), accompanied by a roasted richness of red meat and suggestions of caramel. Gently low in acidity yet at the same time suffused with dense, fine-grained tannin; it finishes with a rather somber amalgamation of blackberry, plum, peat, beef, and stone, but also a saliva-inducing savor. Typically for this cuvee, a portion of the wine displayed a more gamey aura -- possibly merely a function of reduction -- but that was nicely restrained and intriguingly complex in the assemblage. And whereas the premier cru Pommard received around one-quarter new wood (prior to its first racking), this got 50%, of which no portion evinces any overt trace. I would expect the finished wine to be worth following for a decade if not longer. (DS) 91-92+  (12/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, deep red. Energetic nose offers black cherry, minerals and menthol; distinctly cooler than the 2007. Then dense, pure and suave, with a vibrant cassis flavor and excellent back-end breadth and persistence. The substantial dusty tannins coat the teeth. This is showing beautifully today, especially considering the fact that it was only bottled in July of '08. Leroux notes that the 2006s improved markedly during their last six months of elevage. (ST)  (3/2009)

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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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