Vinous – 93
Good full, bright red. Complex, sweet aromas of cherry, redcurrant, spices and minerals. Suave, broad and deep, with noteworthy complexity and solid backbone to the flavors of red fruits and minerals. There’s a medicinal reserve here that leavens the impression of sweetness. Finishes lush, smooth and long, with a fine dusting of tannins. Leroux compares this wine to the estate’s 1999, which he described as "unusually approachable now," and suggests that the young 2007 may always be good to drink.
Robert Parker – 91
The 2007 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux displays ripe plum and blackberry, underlain by rich meat stock and accented with leather and cinnamon. A palpable sense of extract and fine-grained tannins as well as fresh fruit vivacity lead me to expect greater aging potential here than from most wines of its vintage and pedigree, and further depth may emerge over the next 8-10 years. Benjamin Leroux experienced the latest picking of his career in 2008 (not commencing until September 29) and second earliest in 2007 (commencing August 30, but then with fits and starts). As he was the first to bring up, though, the former would have been deemed “normal” two decades or more ago. “For all the difficulties we had in the vineyards,” he remarked, “in the end 2008 was easy to harvest, since the prolonged north wind took care of the triage. In fact, we did more triage in the cellar in 2009 than in 2008. And, like 2007, the vinification was not complicated. The yields, though, were down in 2008 to a mere 20 hectoliters per hectare, except in the Clos des Epeneaux, where we got 25.” The 2008s here were in tank awaiting bottling when I tasted them in mid-April – having at last finished malo-lactic conversion in autumn – all but one having only recently been racked from barrel. (For wines and news of Leroux’s negociant project, see my notes under the heading “Leroux.”) A Becky Wasserman Selection, Le Serbet (various importers); fax 011-333-80-24-29-70