Wine Of The Week – Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru ‘Grand Clos des Epenots’ 2004
“There is no other way to say it: this is a monster of a wine in the context of 2004 and there is no point in even thinking about opening one of these babies for at least a dozen years. Much like the Fremiers, this is aromatically pure but cool, tight and very backward, leading to exceptionally rich yet detailed full-bodied flavors that explode on the hugely long finish. This is one of those ‘wow’ wines and it wouldn’t surprise me if it eventually merited a higher score as it is blessed with superb material, impeccable balance and striking length. In short, if you’re going to buy it, put it in the cellar and forget it.”
Domaine de Courcel – the story:
Domaine de Courcel has been producing top level Pommard for over 400 years. Currently owned by Gilles de Courcel (who also runs Maison Chanson), Domaine de Courcel has vineyards in the 1er Cru areas of Les Rugiens, Les Croix-Noires, Les Fremiers and Grand Epenots (labeled as Grand Clos des Epenots). It is in the Grand Epenots that Yves Confuron the winemaker crafts arguably his top wine. From a massive (in Burgundian circles at least) 5 hectare parcel, Courcel’s Grand Clos des Epenots has been consistently (along with with Les Rugiens) one of the best wines in Pommard, and occasionally (as in 2004) the entire Cote de Beaune.
Whole cluster vinification, long elevage times and freezing cold cellars allow Confuron to create a traditional style Pommard – this is a fantastic wine to cellar or enjoy after a long decant, but don’t miss your chance to add this amazing wine to your collection!