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.
Pommard is four kilometers south-east of Beaune. The vines span the southern « coteaux » (hillsides) of the Côte de Beaune, which is located in one of the most prestigious vine-growing areas.
The Domaine de Courcel’s vineyard is planted on around 10.5 hectares. It produces one of the highest quality red wines of the Côte de Beaune. Its red wines, made from Pinot Noir, can be characterized by their elegance and minerality as well as their strong tannins, which blend in nicely with the strong and beautiful aromas of red berries and toasted bread.
Le Grand Clos des Epenots is a plot of 4.89 hectares of land located north of Pommard, at the start of the slope, and east-facing. The soil, which is rich in clay and limestone, is brown and strewn with limestone rocks. The depth of the soil is around 40-60cm and its structure acts as a natural filter. The vines are ~60 years old and produce wines with aromas of red berries and ripe white fruits such as peaches or apricots. The fine tannins are numerous and blend in nicely with the smoothness and the aromas.
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos des Epenots has one of the superior set of aromatics for this flight with well-defined, mineral-driven black cherry and raspberry fruit, just a touch of undergrowth in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, the trademark Pommard backbone and austerity, just a slight bitterness towards the finish, but remaining true to what Pommard ought to be. I suspect this will age with some style and warrant a higher score.
Reviewed by: Neal Martin - Drink Date: 2016 - 2032
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