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2001 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsApr. 2011
Medium colour with a hint of salmon red at the rim. Rose petals, faint stems and an undertow of meat on the nose. Still a little tannin, which, if you look closely enough has an element of astringency. Really interesting fruit that’s powdery and red with just enough sweetness – this really perks up with food. Very good but not yet great…
2007 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsJan. 2011
I love the slightly wild aromas, hints of stems and flowers – lovely. The mid-palate seems less concentrated than that of the 2006, but in this case it is the structure, rather than the flavour which seems to grow in the mouth.
2008 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsJan. 2011
Due to painfully late malos, this wasn’t bottled until September 2010 ! Delicate, precise, very pretty aromas, the stems are very-much a subtle element. The acid is well-balanced and there is plenty tannin – velvet in texture – plus a floral flavour. The flavour currently has to cede to the structure right now – but that’s classic de Courcel – so no worries!
2001 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsJan. 2011
Medium colour with a hint of salmon red at the rim. Rose petals, faint stems and an undertow of meat on the nose. Still a little tannin, which, if you look closely enough, has an element of astringency. Really interesting fruit that’s powdery and red with just enough sweetness – this really perks up with food.
2006 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsJan. 2011
Lighter colour. Heavier perfume, perhaps a hint of esters. Starts with a narrow entry – this wine is initially more about texture than flavour, but the flavour slowly builds – really mouth-watering in the finish. A wine to wait for I think, but I find a lot to like here.
2007 de Courcel, Pommard Les FremiersMay. 2010
The aromas have a slightly roasted aspect to the red fruit. After the wines of Comte Armand, there is less obvious sweetness here. The tannins attack late, but it’s only a short attack. Balanced and almost good.
2007 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsMay. 2010
A finer red-fruit nose – less roast. Lots and lots of tannin – I semi joke that this is a wine to eat not drink – reminds me of the 2001 which drinks great today. Te last drops in the glass smell absolutely gorgeous.
2008 de Courcel, Pommard Les RugiensMay. 2010
High toned aromas of violets and red fruit – it’s a relatively rare wine that is showing flowers from 2008. Like the Grand Clos there is plenty of tannin here, the texture is like fine sand. The high-toned fruit in the mouth is plenty to balance that tannin. This will be excellent.
2006 de Courcel, Pommard Grand Clos des EpenotsMay. 2010
Menthol and herbal notes mix with blue and red fruit. Again lots and lots of structure, but after the previous wines this is rather linear and unyielding – tight!
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