Pommard Grand Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2011 Domaine Courcel
The Domaine de Courcel is a 400 year old family owned winery, located in the village of Pommard on the Côte d'Or. Its current owners, three sisters and one brother, are the descendants of the founders. The estate is managed by Anne Bommelaer and Marie de Courcel. Since 1996, with the help of the oenologist Yves Confuron, the Domaine has worked on increasing the intensity of its wines and the expression of the various terroirs, while still maintaining their elegance, bringing the wines of the Domaine to even greater heights. Le Grand Clos des Epenots is a Premier Cru monopole of the Domaine. The plot of 11.75 acres is located at the northern end of Pommard, at the start of the east facing slope. The soil, which is rich in clay and limestone, is brown and strewn with limestone rocks. The vines average 60 years of age and produce wines with aromas of red berries and also ripe white fruits with fine tannins. This 2011 was an exceptional success. The Wine Spectator scored it 92 points saying "Rich and dense, with pure black cherry and spice flavors. A bit rigid now, with plenty of buried fruit. Finishes with edgy tannins and good length. Best from 2016 through 2026." and Burghound scored it 93 saying "This is quite ripe yet retains a lovely freshness to the cassis, black cherry, lavender and warm earth scents. There is excellent power and volume to the concentrated, intense and mouth coating big-bodied flavors that culminate in an impressively long and balanced finish."