1999 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru "Grand Clos des Épenots"

SKU #996429 94 points Vinous

 Remarkably youthful ruby-red color. Inviting nose combines black cherry, raspberry and menthol, plus a suggestion of fruits macerated in alcohol. Very rich and very ripe, with flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, roasted coffee and chocolate given definition by harmonious acidity. Offers compelling sweetness and fullness without any heaviness. The wine's serious dusty tannins could still use a few more years to resolve but it's already showing the personality to offer pleasure with some time in a decanter. Winemaker Yves Confuron noted that "the only problem with Pommard is that it's normally austere when young." This one is developing splendidly.(ST)  (3/2018)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated deep red-ruby color. Highly aromatic nose combines maraschino cherry, redcurrant, roast coffee and sweet oak scents; at once roasted and sappy. Superripe, highly concentrated and thick; an uncanny combination of velvety texture and excellent vinosity. This essence of Pommard offers great mouthcoating volume and outstanding persistence on the palate. Dusty, fine tannins saturate the palate. Certainly one of the Cote de Beaune stars of the vintage. (ST)  (3/2002)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very impressive. Big and deep, a complex Pinot that delivers power yet elegance. Much black fruit character, superbly ripe tannins, and a firm structure that's backed by the minerally terroir. (PM)  (6/2002)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Almost opaque with very intense black fruit and extremely dense yet elegant medium weight flavors. Quite structured and firm, even backwards at this point but with terrific potential. The old vines character is very apparent and the length is outstanding. This is a huge wine with big tannins yet everything is in balance and this should age for a long time. *Outstanding*  (4/2002)

K&L Notes

Young Yves Confuron has done nothing but go on to greater heights each vintage since he took over five years ago. His 1999s are no exception to the stellar quality the domaine has been producing. Praise from Clive Coates: "A blend of three cuvées. Full colour. Lovely good depth. The structure is fine. Very well covered tannins. Very good grip. Very elegant. Multi-dimensional. Very long. Very lovely. Fine Plus." (Clive Coates, The Vine)

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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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