2007 Domaine Comte Armand 1er Cru Pommard "Clos des Epeneaux"

SKU #1354041 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full, bright red. Complex, sweet aromas of cherry, redcurrant, spices and minerals. Suave, broad and deep, with noteworthy complexity and solid backbone to the flavors of red fruits and minerals. There's a medicinal reserve here that leavens the impression of sweetness. Finishes lush, smooth and long, with a fine dusting of tannins. Leroux compares this wine to the estate's 1999, which he described as "unusually approachable now," and suggests that the young 2007 may always be good to drink. (ST)  (3/2010)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (opened from personal storage). This took a long time to get going and in fact was actually a bit green on the nose initially yet with several hours of air eventually blossomed to reveal a relatively ripe and solidly complex nose of dark berry fruit aromas and earth nuances. There is good energy and punch to the medium-bodied flavors that possess fine depth and even better length. The 2007 Clos des Epeneaux is what I would describe as a refined vintage for what can be a robust wine yet one that is still on the way up so I would advise a few more years of cellar time first.  (10/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux displays ripe plum and blackberry, underlain by rich meat stock and accented with leather and cinnamon. A palpable sense of extract and fine-grained tannins as well as fresh fruit vivacity lead me to expect greater aging potential here than from most wines of its vintage and pedigree, and further depth may emerge over the next 8-10 years. (DS)  (6/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Nervy and exciting – spicy – on the nose. Lots of extract and depth, though very embryonic. Still extremely youthful. Very powerful (for 2007) fruit that - almost - masks the tannin (unlike in the lesser appellations from this producer). Round and friendly. 17+/20 points (JR)  (5/2009)

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