($80) Good full red. Darker aromas of blueberry and spice; from a hotter site than the Fremiers and it shows. Then fresh and sweet in the mouth, with spicy dark fruit and strawberry preserve flavors. Plenty of toothdusting tannins here, but they're nicely supported by the wine's sweet middle. I'd wait four or five years before trying this. At this point in our tasting, Confuron described his 2006s as combining the structure of 2001 and the fruit of 2002.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Characteristically meaty note on the nose, but fresh fruit too - attractive and quite complex already. A bit rustic and drying on the palate but I think it will soften and fill out, even if it remains fairly rustic. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Polished and poised, in a muscular frame. Oak adds spice to the black cherry as the structure emerges on the finish. There's a hint of licorice, but it all needs time to integrate.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The Courcel 2006 Pommard Grand Clos Des Epenots possesses a noticeably finer tannic structure than its predecessors in the vintage line-up, along with more lift and primary juiciness to its black fruits. The fascinating and flattering suggestions of bittersweet floral perfume and aromatic woods that accrued to the Croix Noires and Fremiers ' undoubtedly traits emphasize by the inclusion of whole clusters and stems in the fermentor ' are joined here by toasted nuts and a diverse melange of red and black fruits. At around 13.7% alcohol this reflects the highest ripeness of sugar achieved at the estate this year, but there is not only no warmth, this wine also preserves welcome vivacity and lift. Rich in glycerin and sappy, resinous fruit and herbal intensity, it finishes with tenacity and well-covered, fine tannins. I suspect it will be worth following for at least the better part of a decade.
Author: David Schildknecht
Burghound | Rating: 92
This is very Pommard in character with a pungently earthy nose featuring underbrush, cassis, blueberry and raspberry aromas that are perhaps not quite as ripe as those of the Fremiers precede rich, full and mildly rustic big-bodied flavors of both muscle and power that coat the mouth on the long finish. There is a lot of dry extract here and the significant tannins are completely buffered. This is a serious Epenots built to age.