The wine trailed yesterday

Here is the note for the Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 2001 I mentioned yesterday, it is a great wine. Also we had a bottle of Champagne. It is a Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs, largely from the 2002 vintage, that has been fermented in oak barrels; very Burgundian.

Champagne Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Du Centenaire, Alfred Gratien

Lawks, this smells just like white Burgundy. Lemon fruit, oak and a creamy minerality. It is very complex and stylish on the nose. Mmm… lovely. The palate has a really fine mousse and lovely lemon fruit. The oak is perfectly integrated. There is a great mineral tang to it. I think this would age really well. This a terribly serious non-vintage Champagne, and quite delicious too. Top bunny!

Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux 2001, Comte Armand

A brilliant, pure nose of cherries and strawberry fruit. The purity of fruit is quite Côte de Beaune-y, but its fleshy density is quite like Nuits St. Georges. There is a hint of stalkiness to the nose which I’ve never noticed before on this wine. The palate is utterly beautiful with lovely fruit and real refinement. Great concentration. The acidity is really fine, and there is a really subtle seasoning of new oak. Really much too young, but still extremely enjoyable. Crikey, this is a completely brilliant Pommard, I love it.

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