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2019 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots

$109.99
2019 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots
While Chateau de Meursault is mostly known for its white wines, the Domaine has been on such an uptick in quality over the last decade that the reds have been rather noteworthy the past few vintages. This is due to new ownership with a large cash infusion a few years back, replacing the old wine-making equipment, cutting yields in half, and practicing sustainable farming. These moves have elevated the quality of the Domaine significantly, especially in the case of the reds. One of the strongest crus of the vintage for the Domaine is the Pommard Clos des Epenots which comes from low-yielding old vines planted in 1948 and 1978. Because of their age, the grapes here are concentrated and achieve a great level of ripeness. Grapes are hand-harvested and see a bit of whole cluster, which, as Jasper Morris notes below, tames down the power of the wine. Vinification is done in traditional Burgundy barrels with only 25% new oak, aging for about 15th months.
While this is a powerful and full-bodied wine, it has an impressive amount of finesse and elegance that keeps it in balance showing incredible fruit with spice that still shows the textbook Pommard earthy minerality with excellent structure. It's one of the top buys for Pommard premier crus this vintage when pricing is factored in and one of the best efforts ever for the Clos des Epenotes from this address. Two detailed notes below this is an excellent buy, especially when considering the 2018s are $175 a bottle and are not as good. We have the only bottles of the 2019s in the USA right now, and it's a premier cru Red Burgundy not to miss.

Decanter Best in Show 97 points! "The 2019 vintage is as stylistically generous on the Cote de Beaune as it is on the Cote de Nuits, so the chance to compare this outstanding Premier Cru Clos des Epenots Pommard with its Vosne-Romanee Malconsorts peer was a treat for our judges. The aromas of the Clos des Epenots are very different to those of the Vosne. This wine’s red and black fruits are earth-sprinkled and sand-sweetened, and there are violet notes here too, plus a little subtle spice. On the palate, the wine is deep, firm, structured and authoritative; that spice seeps into the tannins, and that earthiness is back in the finish of this ample, almost savoury red burgundy. Another wine for the cellar for fortunate purchasers."
Burghound 92-94 points! "A mentholated top nose is present on the moderately oaked liqueur-like aromas of dark currant, warm earth and leather. The sleek, elegant and attractively refined flavors possess excellent depth on the lingering finish that tightens up significantly as it sits on the palate. This is potentially outstanding and a wine that should amply repay 15 to 20 years of cellaring. In a word, excellent. "

Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy) 90-94 points! "A mentholated top nose is present on the moderately oaked liqueur-like aromas of dark currant, warm earth and leather. The sleek, elegant and attractively refined flavors possess excellent depth on the lingering finish that tightens up significantly as it sits on the palate. This is potentially outstanding and a wine that should amply repay 15 to 20 years of cellaring. In a word, excellent."

2019 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots

2019 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots

$109.99
$109.99

While Chateau de Meursault is mostly known for its white wines, the Domaine has been on such an uptick in quality over the last decade that the reds have been rather noteworthy the past few vintages. This is due to new ownership with a large cash infusion a few years back, replacing the old wine-making equipment, cutting yields in half, and practicing sustainable farming. These moves have elevated the quality of the Domaine significantly, especially in the case of the reds. One of the strongest crus of the vintage for the Domaine is the Pommard Clos des Epenots which comes from low-yielding old vines planted in 1948 and 1978. Because of their age, the grapes here are concentrated and achieve a great level of ripeness. Grapes are hand-harvested and see a bit of whole cluster, which, as Jasper Morris notes below, tames down the power of the wine. Vinification is done in traditional Burgundy barrels with only 25% new oak, aging for about 15th months.
While this is a powerful and full-bodied wine, it has an impressive amount of finesse and elegance that keeps it in balance showing incredible fruit with spice that still shows the textbook Pommard earthy minerality with excellent structure. It's one of the top buys for Pommard premier crus this vintage when pricing is factored in and one of the best efforts ever for the Clos des Epenotes from this address. Two detailed notes below this is an excellent buy, especially when considering the 2018s are $175 a bottle and are not as good. We have the only bottles of the 2019s in the USA right now, and it's a premier cru Red Burgundy not to miss.

Decanter Best in Show 97 points! "The 2019 vintage is as stylistically generous on the Cote de Beaune as it is on the Cote de Nuits, so the chance to compare this outstanding Premier Cru Clos des Epenots Pommard with its Vosne-Romanee Malconsorts peer was a treat for our judges. The aromas of the Clos des Epenots are very different to those of the Vosne. This wine’s red and black fruits are earth-sprinkled and sand-sweetened, and there are violet notes here too, plus a little subtle spice. On the palate, the wine is deep, firm, structured and authoritative; that spice seeps into the tannins, and that earthiness is back in the finish of this ample, almost savoury red burgundy. Another wine for the cellar for fortunate purchasers."
Burghound 92-94 points! "A mentholated top nose is present on the moderately oaked liqueur-like aromas of dark currant, warm earth and leather. The sleek, elegant and attractively refined flavors possess excellent depth on the lingering finish that tightens up significantly as it sits on the palate. This is potentially outstanding and a wine that should amply repay 15 to 20 years of cellaring. In a word, excellent. "

Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy) 90-94 points! "A mentholated top nose is present on the moderately oaked liqueur-like aromas of dark currant, warm earth and leather. The sleek, elegant and attractively refined flavors possess excellent depth on the lingering finish that tightens up significantly as it sits on the palate. This is potentially outstanding and a wine that should amply repay 15 to 20 years of cellaring. In a word, excellent."