Domaine des Epeneaux was established by Nicolas Marey between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of 19th. It was formerly composed by Clos des Epenaux, a 5 hectares monopole vineyards lying in the Pommard appellation, and a building lying in the centre of Pommard village, known as the Fief de Rancy. In 1828 the Domain was inherited by the Comte Armand family, which developed it with another 4 hectares and kept on leading it until present.
Today Paul Zinetti leads the team for vines and cellar operations with a very careful approach for both phases. In vineyards the philosophy is that of complying with nature, without synthetic molecule addition to the plants, with planting among the vines medicinal plants, building beehives and treating the vines only with herb teas and decoctions. Cellar operations begin with the complete de-stemming of the grapes, then they’re temperature controlled pre-fermented (5-8 days), spontaneously fermented (5-10 days) and macerated (3-15 days). The ageing, for Clos des Epeneaux, lasts between 18 and 24 months in small barrels, 30% new.
This still intense ruby red 2010 vintage smells of black cherry, raspberry grenadine, damp earth, truffle, underbrush, autumn leaves and a touch of stewed black tea, sweet spices and noble wood. The mouthfeel is large, soft, powerful and savoury, with well balanced acidity and lingering fleshy finish.
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