In tuning into this marvellous spectacle of intimacy, which the vine naturally cultivates with its cosmic-telluric environment, one cannot help but think of the men who accompany and encourage it in a mutual quest for perfection. Today they are still reaping the wisdom of their ancestors, who provided them not only with soils scintillating with vitality, but with plants carefully selected and adapted to the subtlety of each parcel over generations.
Clos des Epeneaux is one of the 10 largest premier or grand cru monopolies of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Although situated in the heart of the Grands and Petits Epeneaux, this parcel has a fairly different geology from its neighbours. Both powerful and refined, the resulting wines are the quintessence of what Pinot Noir can express. The hint of spices is also characteristic of Clos des Epeneaux.
The 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux from Comte Armand has quite a nuanced nose with dusky red berry fruit, autumn leaves and a touch of stewed black tea. I like the cohesion and focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, nicely balanced and supple in the mouth. There is something easy-drinking and approachable about this Pommard: well crafted and with satisfying tension. [90 Points, Neal Martin – October 2017, robertparker.com]