Comte Armand Auxey Duresses Rouge 2012

Comte Armand Auxey Duresses Rouge 2012

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Auxey-Duresses is a charming little village with about 350 inhabitants, and a total of about 25 wine growers in the village. Auxey adopted the name of their most famous climate 'Les Duresses' with its former hamlets 'Auxey-le-Grand' and 'Auxey-le-Petit'. This Auxey is made by the esteemed Armand domaine, located just north of Auxey in Pommard. The wines at Comte Armand are made from biodynamic vines, 100% de-stemmed with whole-grape fermentation, 20-30% new oak; the reds are unfined, unfiltered and the whites are fined and lightly filtered. This red is from 40 years old on average. The terroir is Les Argillas, south-facing, upper part of hill, high (30% active) limestone component to the soil. After 5-8 days cold (13-14° C) maceration, the wine receives 5-10 days natural fermentation. 3-15 days post-fermentation maceration. 18-24 months aging in older barrels.

Category Red Wine
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Beaune
Brand Comte Armand
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Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru is more mild-mannered on the nose. It has fine delineation and poise with lifted dark cherry and blueberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of spice on the entry. This has quite a masculine, tannic personality but there is a lovely saline-tinged blackberry finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. This will probably require one or two years in bottle. 89-91

Neal Martin, December 29, 2013

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