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Pommard Premier Cru Epenots
Optimal consumption: 8 to 15 years
Ageing potential: 20 years
Producing commune: Pommard.
Site: a very famous village located south of Beaune, not too far from that city.
History & tradition: there must have been vines planted here for a long time. More than 2,000 years ago, the Gauls selected and propagated the Pinot Noir grape in this location. A temple dedicated to Pomona, the Celtic goddess, may be at the origin of the name.
The Pommard-Epenots stretch south-east of the premier cru production area, on the Beaune side.
Soil: clay and limestone.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Pommard Epenots displays a beautiful deep ruby colour. Complex, intense and also elegant nose with hints of red fruit (blackcurrant, gooseberry, wild cherry), the tradional expression of Pinot Noir, mingled with light violet and liquorice touches. There is a clear-cut and lively impression when first tasting the wine, quickly followed by a feeling of nice acidulous roundness. The wine is ample and powerful. Its structure remains elegant. The tannins are very much alive but silky. Long aftertaste with nice spicy flavours.
2010 wines show breed, depth and length. A great vintage, full of charm.Vintage review
Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.
Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.
Vinification: total destemming. In accordance with the terroir and the profile of the vintage, we do 2 to 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration in small open vats, marked by punching of the cap and pumping-over. The yeasts are indigenous (natural). Pressing in a vertical press. Separation of the ends of the presses based on tasting.
Ageing: in oak barrels including 20 to 25% of new barrels.
The ageing lasts between 14 to 16 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.