Domaine de Courcel - 'Grand Clos Des Épenots 1er Cru' - Pommard - 2011
Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy, France
The Domaine produces wines from seven different lots (climats), all based in Pommard. Four of these wines, which represent close to 75% of the surface of the estate, enjoy the appellation “Premier Cru”. The vineyard is composed of the widest variety of Pommard wines. The vines are located on the hillsides, south of the village between Pommard and Volnay, and on the north between Pommard and Beaune.
Le Grand Clos des Epenots is a monopoly of the Domaine. The plot of 4.89 hectares of land is located north of Pommard, at the start of the slope and is 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 also ripe white fruits such as peaches or apricots. The fine tannins are numerous and blend in nicely with the smoothness and the aromas.