- One of the great Premier Crus of Burgundy
- Pure, racy Pommard from a great vintage
- Drink now or cellar further
Believe it or not, there was a time when Pommard was the most in demand wine from Burgundy and, when tasting great examples such as this, it is easy to see why. Today, burgundy lovers tend to gravitate toward the great villages of the Cote de Nuits: Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanee. This can often mean that some of the great wines, from especially great sites and even great vintages can 'slip under the radar' and still be available well after their release.
Domaine Parent have been making wine in Pommard since the early 19th centrury and is now run by sisters Ann and Catherine along biodynamic principals. 'Les Epenots' is located just north of the village and is sourced from two parcels 'Les Petits Epenots' and 'Les Grands Epenots'. It is considered not only one of the great vineyards in the Cote de Beaune but also one of the great premier crus. A request was initialised in 2012 for reclassification to Grand Cru.
This is pure, ethereal Pommard from the greatest vintage for red burgundy in recent times. Ann Parent notes: "i would sign up right now to have a 2010 style vintage for the rest of my days, that's just how good i think it is. The wines are super fresh and energetic with superb transparency, ripe phenolics and great balance."
Sweet spot Outstanding. More discreet but hardly invisible wood also fights a bit with the otherwise very ripe liqueur-like aromas that enjoy added breadth from the presence of earth and spice nuances. The rich, velvety and mouth coating big-bodied flavors possess both good power and excellent mid-palate density before culminating in a delicious, long, balanced and very firm finish. I very much like the depth as well as vibrancy and tension because even though this is a big Epenots, it's harmonious and should amply reward long-term aging.
In the 15+ years that I have been visiting this Domaine both professionally and as an amateur have never seen a better vintage here than in 2010