Up until 1994 the only wine produced by Comte Armand was from their monopole, the five-hectare Clos des Epeneaux. At that point, the energetic estate manager Pascal Marchand persuaded the Armand family to invest in other vineyards in Volnay and Auxey Duresses, taking it up to its current size of nine hectares. Since his appointment in 1985, March and had transformed the quality of the wines and moved to farming biodynamically in 1988. Benjamin Leroux, who succeeded him in 2000, built on his work, producing ever finer wines. He in turn was replaced in 2014 by his assistant Paul Zinetti, and today the quality is unprecedented: Pommard’s reputation used to be for rustic, brutally tannic wines that took forever to come round. That it is now known for dense, fine wines of great elegance is largely thanks to these three men.
Paul Zinetti produced a relatively small crop in 2020: the lack of water meant little juice, and there was damage from sunburn. But the tannins in the skins and pips were very ripe, and the surprising freshness in the wines leads him to think that they are the equal of the great 2019s. They will show their real quality in ten to fifteen years. The whites did well, with a generous quantity of well balanced, juicy fresh wines.
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