Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Les Épenots 1er Cru Pommard
Located at the foot of the hill of Pommard in the Petits Épenots, on the Beaune side. The light reddish soil is laden with stones and offers good drainage to allow the grapes to reach their maturity. The wine is typically rich and powerful, full of intense flavours of wild black fruits with classically structured Pommard tannins.
"The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots is a blend two vineyards, one 45 years old and the other 110 years old (the source of massale selection from 2017), which Nicolas describes as his grand cru. Living up to that claim, it sports a deliriously elegant bouquet with detailed blackcurrant, boysenberry and briary scents infused with minerals. The palate is very silky on the entry, the acidity well judged and with superb density without detracting from precision and poised. It leaves a chalky residue in the mouth and a sappiness that leaves you wanting more. This is an outstanding wine from Nicolas Rossignol."
(94-96) points, Neal Martin (December 2017)
"(50% vendange entier; Rossignol made just two barrels from 0.7 hectares, vs. nine in 2017; 80% of these vines are 110 years old but only produce 50% of the fruit): Bright ruby. Less fruity and more minerally on the nose than the Pommard 1er Cru, offering terrific lift to its aromas of black raspberry, licorice and crushed rock. Velvety, thick and deep but with outstanding retention of acidity and freshness from the very old vines. Incredibly thick, even voluptuous texture saturates every square millimeter of the palate but the wine's terrific stony lift gives it definition. A great Pommard in the making. Rossignol considers his holding in Les Epenots to be his grand cru, noting that in 2016 it combines the best attributes of all of his other crus in a single wine. In fact, he's using this vineyard to create a massale selection for replanting in his other vineyards."
(93-95) points, Stephen Tanzer (January 2018)
"Fresh and beautifully layered liqueur-like aromas are composed by notes of dark cherry, violet, earth and a whiff of lavender. The suave, super-rich and impressive dense big-bodied flavors possess both good muscle and a velvety mouth feel before concluding in a gorgeously long and balanced if firmly structured finish. This is knock-out good and the old vines definitely show."
(92-95) points, Allen Meadows (April 2018)
One of the most famous appellations in the region, Pommard is known for producing full-bodied, robust and tannic wines. The second biggest area by production after Beaune, approximatly 135 ha of vineyard area is Premier Cru of which Les Epenots and Les Rugiens are the most renowned.
The clay-heavy limestone of this zone gives unusual wines: they have a deep, red-black color and an explosive bouquet of blackcurrants, musk and game meat (hare). The palate is dominated by astringent tannins and highlighted by bright acidity, but the mouthfeel softens with age. These firm wines are amoung burgundy's most tannic and robust.