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1990 Armand, Comte Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Rouge
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 1990
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rating:  94
Quantity: 1 available
Price: $324.65
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1990 Armand, Comte Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Rouge
Similar to the 1990s from one of Pommard's other top producers, Armand and Aleth Girardin, this is a monster wine. It is one of the most concentrated, massive Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtering after it had spent 23-months in small oak casks. The color is black/purple, and the nose offers up sweet aromas of licorice, minerals, and super-ripe black fruits intertwined with the smell of toasty vanillin new oak. In the mouth, there is awesome concentration, a thick, glycerin-imbued, full-bodied, chewy texture, and mouthsearing tannins in the explosively long finish. This should prove to be a monumental Pommard, but prospective purchasers will need to wait 10-12 years for this wine to shed some of its tannic clout. It should keep for 25-30 years. ... WS 93 (12/1992): Big and massive, packed to the brim with fruit and tannins. Shows elegance that bodes well for cellaring. Drink now through 2000. 1,500 cases made. ... BH 87 (10/2004): Big, indeed huge nose of roasted, ever-so-slightly stewed fruit that is already showing a great deal of secondary development and the muscular, rich, extracted flavors are underpinned by a tough, firm tannic backbone. This is a dramatic bruiser of a wine but it's not clear that it's ever going to harmonize as the finish is completely dominated by the structure and given that the fruit is presently much more advanced than the evolution of the tannins, it's a tough call to say whether the fruit will be able to stand the test of time. Consistent notes. Drink 2007+