A genuinely brilliant nose that is at once extravagant and highly expressive reflects intensely earthy and spicy aromas that remain completely primary before giving way to opulently rich, round and notably sweet medium full-bodied flavors that deliver flat out incredible length on the mocha, velvet and mouth coating finish. Despite the higher than normal yields, this is really quite concentrated, seamless and exquisitely harmonious. In sum, this is a Clos des Epeneaux that should age for years to come, particularly in magnum format. Bravo!
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 4th Quarter, 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The famed Pommard Clos Des Epeneaux averaged 48 hectoliters per hectare in 1999. Benjamin Leroux harvested the Clos in successive waves, vinifying and raising the vines in different lots by age group, one composed of 13 to 16-year-old vines, which will ultimately end up in Pommard Villages, another in the 17 to 25-year-old age group, another at 35 to 45, yet another where the vines range from 50 to 60 years old, and lastly, a lot of wine produced from 60 to 70-year-old vines. (This last lot composes 30% of the total blend).