Pommard, Côte-de-Beaune, Bourgogne, France

Producers of elegant and seriously long-lived wines.

Domaine Comte Armand in Pommard has been in the same ownership since before the French Revolution. Until 1994 the domaine owned only one vineyard - their famous Clos des Epeneaux, a Monopole. The current Comte Armand is Vicomte Gabriel Armand, a Parisian lawyer who continues the tradition of employing resident manager/winemakers.

After making the wine for his 15th vintage (last vintage 2013) Benjamin Leroux handed over the reins to Paul Zanetti who joined Comte Armand in 2010. Under Benjamin’s and Paul’s stewardship, the vineyard plots in Volnay and Auxey-Duresses have increased holdings to 7.5 hectares. Clos des Epeneaux is an outstanding premier cru, widely considered to perform at grand cru quality. The vineyard management has taken this wine to even greater heights by dividing the vineyard into four blocks, each with its own system of rotation to maintain vine age and produce a balanced cuvee with maximum finesse and elegance. Grapes from vines under 25 years are declassified into other wines.

Domaine Comte Armand wines are now considered to be amongst the world’s best.

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