2015 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Pommard 1er Cru "Epenots"

SKU #1347499 95 points Decanter

 Old vines, some over 100 years in age, have produced a stunning wine in 2015. A reserved bouquet of red and black cherry, grilled meat, subtle dark spice and graphite is followed by a beautifully complete, and powerful palate of grand cru depth and long finish.Drinking Window 2018 - 2065.(WK)  (12/2016)

92-95 points Vinous

 (this cuvée has included a new 100-year-old parcel since 2013; vinified with 15% whole clusters and not yet racked): Dark red with a touch of ruby. Knockout nose melds black cherry, dried herbs, licorice, flowers and minerals. Powerful and deep (Rossignol referred to this wine as "a monster" but also described it "the definition of a grand cru") but also juicy and sharply delineated, conveying an element of delicacy. Complex and complete wine, finishing with pronounced minerality and terrific class. The serious tannins are perfectly supported by the wine's material. A great Pommard in the making. (ST)  (1/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is one of the few wines in the range to exhibit any appreciable amount of wood on the plum liqueur, violet, lilac and earth-suffused nose. The lavishly rich and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors possess focused power and excellent intensity, all wrapped in a palate coating, refreshing and once again hugely long finish. This is very clearly built-to-age yet it's not so imposing that it could not be approached after 6 to 8 years of age. This too is one to consider.  (4/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Epenots includes a "touch of stems" according to Nicolas Rossignol. I appreciate the delineation on the nose with blackberry, wild strawberry and subtle undergrowth and woodland scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied opening, touches of marmalade and quince piercing the black fruit. There is good depth here, though the new oak (around one-third) will need a couple of years to fully assimilate.(NM)  (12/2016)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.