Monsters Ball: 2010 Courcel Pommard 1er Epenots Mags

Posted by Ian McFadden

Monsters Ball
2010 Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Epenots

The main course has been served... and it is POMMARD.

Pommard is the meaty, wilder cousin of Gevrey-Chambertin; the greatest of its wines have a textural depth, a savory, gamey quality that coats the palate and redefines what is meant by the words "intensity" and "length."

The electric 2010 vintage powered some of the most impressive Pommard's we've tasted since 2005, wines that have bright, sappy fruit and dark, awe-inspiring, nearly impenetrable mineral cores.

This is thrilling stuff.

Domaine de Courcel remains a bit of an insider's secret, though since vintage 2008 we've seen the cat get a bit out of the bag. Courcel is a Pommard specialist and the Epenots is the headliner, a wine that is stunningly pure, brilliantly mineral and built to make old bones.

Mags of Comte Armand or Lafarge Pommard, if you could find them, would easily command a $300-$400 price tag. The top 2010 Pommards are trading between $100 and $150. Today, we have a few trophy 2010 Courcel Pommard 1er Epenots mags at just over $200.

Even though this is wildly limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, it is HIGHLY recommended.

This is a MONSTER wine that one should stash deep in the cellar for a future ball.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wines
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "A beautifully layered nose of purple fruit, violets and soil tones leads to exceptionally rich, velvety and sappy medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract that does a fine job of buffering the very firm but not hard tannic spine on the dusty and mocha-infused finish. This is a big but reasonably refined and well-balanced Epenots that is built for the long haul."