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Feb082013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: New Arrivals of Comte Armand Pommard 

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

The brilliant Pommard from Benjamin Leroux at Comte Armand has just arrived.  Benjamin is now fermenting by section of the vineyard, rather than by age of vines, as he feels it better expresses terroir, and most of their “young” vines are now 20 years old.  I tasted with Ben the wine from the Northwest corner of the property, which is actually located in Grands Epenots, while the rest of the vineyard is in Petite Epenots, and the two wines were remarkably different, reflecting the different geology of the two sections.  What he is doing with this property is quite remarkable, and I commend his wines as among the best of Burgundy today. 

We have tiny quantities of two wines, both of which are in-stock and available either on the web or by calling 1-800-247-5987.

2010 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru "Clos des Epeneaux" , $169.95

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Don't Miss! Outstanding! The combined cuvées revealed an exceptionally fresh combination of pure and quite elegant red cherry and raspberry aromas liberally laced with warm earth and iron nuances. There is really lovely purity to the gorgeously well-detailed, intense and muscular medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract and a caressing mouth feel before terminating in a mouth coating and explosively long finish. This is relentlessly persistent with outstanding depth on the palate staining finish. Terrific. (8/ 2012)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate  

I tasted the 2010 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux from three separate lots (corresponding to different vine ages and soils within the Clos) and then in an approximate blend. The 2010 is notable for its energy and sheer class. There is a weightless elegance to the 2010 that is quite striking. The 2010 isn’t as boisterous as it can be, but this is an approximate blend, so we will have to see what happens once the wine is in bottle. In some ways, the separate lots are more exciting than the approximate blend, so there is plenty of potential. Readers who appreciate the focused, taut side of Burgundy will find much to admire. AG (2/ 2012)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(I tasted the various elements of this wine, then an approximate blend; winemaker Benjamin Leroux now vinifies several cuvees by geology rather than age of vines): Good bright medium red. Captivating, highly complex aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, cherry, spices, orange zest, flowers, licorice, menthol and vanillin oak (40% new). Silky-sweet but with lovely energy and vinosity. Very suave in texture, expanding impressively on the back half and saturating the mouth with fruit and soil flavors. This classy, pliant wine shows superb balance and finishes with building, subtle length. The bottling won't take place until April, at the earliest. Incidentally, Leroux destems all of this fruit, as he believes vinification with a percentage of whole clusters makes more sense for delicate wines that need a bit more mid-palate oomph. Nor is he enamored with the idea of bottling the oldest vines bottled on their own, as he believes this wine would still be too tannic and hard when the tertiary aromas arrive after 10 or 15 years in bottle. (2/ 2012)

 

2010 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru , $96.99

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 Pommard 1er Cru (from young vines in Clos des Epeneaux) is wonderfully cool and precise, very much in the style of the vintage. It is a beautiful, multi-dimensional wine in every way. Understated and gracious, the Pommard 1er Cru impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish. Comte Armand’s Clos des Epeneaux remains one of the most fairly priced wines in the world considering quality that is equal or above that of many wines with much higher pedigrees on paper. Recent bottles of the 2002 and 2003 were stunning. (2/ 2012)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

This is also exuberantly fresh and expressive with a pretty and ripe nose of primarily red currant and blue berries plus ample amounts of warm earth. There is a similar level of energy that gives a real sense of life to the detailed, pure and impressively intense flavors that possess solid phenolic ripeness and superb balance on the lasting finish. Fine quality here and worth considering. (4/ 2012)

 

À Santé,

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

 

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