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Domaine du Comte Armand, Pommard 1er Cru Clos de Epeneaux 2014
Pinot Noir 100%
Juicy and dense, with firm tannins, but somehow the juice keeps the upper hand, and it flows well. Densely structured as it should be, and the concentration that comes from this low yield is very attractive.
The wine is fermented and matured in French Oak of which 30% is new wood and 10% whole bunches. A mere 12 hl/ha, so that 5.2 hectares produced only 22 barrels.
With a surface of 5.23 hectares, the Clos des Epeneaux is one of the largest monopolies of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (both 1er crus and grands crus included).
The vines vary between 30 and 80 years, with a density of plantation of 12,000 vines / hectare.
It’s separated in 4 units, which are separately vinified. Although in 2014 90% of the Clos got hailed, so this year all has been vinified together,
Domaine des Epeneaux owes its name to the Clos des Epeneaux, a magnificent parcel of five hectares acquired by Nicolas Marey at the end of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century. In 1828, the Clos des Epeneaux and related buildings, known as the Fief de Rancy, situated in the centre of the village of Pommard, became part of the heritage of the family of the Count Armand. The estate remained as such until 1994 when it annexed a vineyard plot situated in the neighboring village of Volnay, then later parcels from the village of Auxey-Duresses. Today, Domaine des Epeneaux constitutes a total surface area of 9 hectares, and is more committed than ever to producing wines that are true expressions of their terroir.