The rough with the smooth

2000 was not a brilliant vintage in Burgundy, but the wines are generally ripe, fruity and (best of all) suitable for early drinking. Normally one might expect a wine like this to take a decade to come around, but this is just lovely now.

Pommard Premier Cru Grand Clos des Épenots 2000, Domaine de Courcel

Quite pale in colour. It has bramble-y red and dark fruits on the nose. The fruit is very pure and ripe. It is a reasonably complex nose with fruit, earth and some spicy warmth to it. The entry is very soft and fruity, they are lovely ripe red fruits. On the finish a bit of Pommard chewy hardness shows itself, but the tannin and spicy wood characters are perfectly in balance with the fruit. This has the elegance of a de Montille wine but a tiny bit more weight; it is very much a Côte de Beaune wine. It is very bright and fruity, with good acidity, nice complexity and reasonable length. This is a very nice wine and excellent for the vintage. Up for drinking now and to be drank with a lot of pleasure.

Pommard Premier Cru Grand Clos des Épenots 2000