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Chateau de Meursault Pommard Clos des Epenots Premier Cru 2012

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The name of this wine refers to the thorny bushes that used to thrive freely on the vineyard land. A deep, brilliant ruby hue, it has aromas of ripe black fruits and baking spices. Fruit -forward and balanced this light-bodied wine has flavors of ripe black fruit, clove and floral with high acidity.

Pairs best with beef Bourguignon, poultry dishes or mature cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
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Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots from Chateau de Meursault has a slight reduction on the nose, but there is some decent mulberry and redcurrant fruit underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, soft and quite fleshy, almost Volnay-like in style but very appealing and easier drinking than its peers. It seems to coalesce nicely in the mouth, saline and focused towards the finish that has very good substance. This is a well-crafted Pommard given the difficulty of the season and another impressive wine from the fast-improving Château de Meursault.
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Chateau de Meursault

Chateau de Meursault

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Chateau de Meursault, Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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The fiefdom of Foulot Mill, that was later to become Chateau de Meursault, was created in the 11th century, during the reign of Robert the 1st. From 12th to 16th centuries, the owners of the fiefdom changed several times due to the struggle between the Duchy of Burgundy and the King of France. Starting from the 17th century, the Blancheton, the Serre, the Boisseaux and nowadays the Halley families succeeded each other – all of them having the same ambition of developing the reputation of Chateau de Meursault and its wines.

Some of the darkest, deepest and sturdiest Pinot noir of Burgundy, Pommard is one of the two villages in Côte de Beaune—along with Volnay—that is recognized for its impressive Pinot noir. While it can’t boast any Grand Cru vineyards, its extraordinary Premier Cru vineyards are aplenty.

Les Pézerolles, Les Épenots, Clos des Épeneaux, Les Chanlins, Les Jarolières, Les Fremiers and particularly Les Rugiens are among the most outstanding Premier Cru.

The best Pommard will be concentrated in flavors such as black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate. Dazzling aromas of violets, menthol or wild herbs will come into play. The finish will be firm and powerful, demanding some time in the bottle.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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