A deep wine--one where you have to put your nose far into the glass to capture the subtleties. The black fruit, game, mineral and currant notes fill the palate, proving how dense and thick this '96 red Burgundy is. A brilliant Pommard. 1,665 cases made.
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Deep ruby. Vibrant, perfumed aromas of cherry, plum and cocoa powder, plus a deep kernel of spice. Great sappy sweetness and purity in the mouth: red raspberry, redcurrant, plum and chocolate. Impeccably balanced. Finishes with a strong spine of noble tannins and an explosion of black cherry fruit. This wine hasn't budged since its September bottling, says Marchand, and may not close down for a long time. As complete a bottle of Pommard as I've tasted from this vintage.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 1999
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Marchand allowed me to taste each separate cuvee and then fashioned what he believes to be the final assemblage in a beaker. The 1996 Pommard Clos Des Epeneaux will be outstanding when it is finally assembled, with three out of the four cuvees meriting scores whose upper reaches were 90 or above. Medium-to-dark ruby-colored, it exhibits rich black cherries, crisp ripe currants, and blackberries on the nose. Its medium-to-full-bodied, refined, yet powerful core is packed with assorted sweet red and black fruits, stones, candied cassis, and traces of leather and underbrush. This complex, intense, and elegant wine has a sumptuous velvety texture and loads of soft, ripe tannins in its long and persistent finish. It is the finest Clos Des Epeneaux I have had in years and should age admirably well. Bravo!
Author: Pierre Rovani
Burghound | Rating: 91
Still quite deeply colored. A perfumed nose that is now in a transition phase from primary to secondary aromas is given added nuance by the presence of earth, subtle spice notes and a smoky quality that is also picked up by the fresh, bright and energetic medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent detail and obvious minerality on the ever-so-slightly dry finish where the dryness does not seem to compromise the length as this is seriously persistent. The structural elements of acidity and tannins are still quite firm though not aggressive and this should continue to successfully age over the next 25 to 30 years as the balance is almost perfect. Tasted several times over the last few years with consistent notes save for one disjointed bottle that seemed unduly dried out.
Closed at first, opened up some after about 45 minutes in the glass. A bit light for my taste. Just ok.
Self | Rating: 92
Still a bit tight like most of the 96s but decanted it this time, better.
Author: Stephen G41
Self | Rating: 96
Three cuvees: 25-35 year old vines, 45-50, & |old vines| (60-80). Consistent tasting notes with excellent development in bottle. Fine dark color; very profound nose; very concentrated; lots of structure - the tannins are round & ripe and have finally softened and integrated (this wine always needs time in bottle to resolve its tannins); rich pure fruit more like a Volnay without the rusticity typical of Pommard; black fruit dominates along with sky bacon fat; good vigor; some new oak; excellent acid balance; gorgeous long finish; drinking well now and will continue to do so for several more years with plenty of fruit to last.