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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2018 (based on 3 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 18 notes) - and median of 91 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 7/26/2015: Seems to be either shutting down a touch or thinning out - not sure which. There is a lot of quality here so my guess is that this bottle is just in a cranky phase - HOWEVER - it still has the something-from-nothing aroma of uber-light cherried-fruit and whispy elegance. In a world where everything is turned up to 11 this is turning the dial down to 3 and getting back much more in return. (767 views)|
| ||Tasted by Atreyu on 5/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Parfymert, nesten floral. Fullmoden og rustrød. Tørkede bringebær med brunmineralsk og lang finish. Om man skal trekke må det bli for konsentrasjonen. Men hadde den hatt mer ville den ikke vært like deilig nå. (825 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 4/10/2015: This is ROCKING right now - this has that Something-From-Nothing vibe going on, with the translucent liquid powering out some incredible aromas - BOOF. There are some cherries and some sweet-black fruit aromas - really treading a nice line between elegant and feral-funky-sweet-decaying nose. There is still quite a bit of fat on the bones here but it is all relative - the frame feels as though this should be feather light and dancing on the tongue. It must may get there - this is superb. 2007s are really clicking into place. (788 views)|
| ||Tasted by pifcho on 3/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Looking at my note from 2013 - this showed very similarly tonight. Drinking well with a couple of hours of air. Red fruited, transparent, elegant and mineral. Very 2008 on the palate. Hold or drink with a good decant. 91-92+ (738 views)|
| ||Tasted by hvoslef on 10/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Klar rød farge, fin noe parfymert, floral nese med inslag av røde bær. Tilgjengelig, men godt av litt luft, blir bedre og bedre utover kvelden. 90-91p (1073 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 4/21/2014: The story thus far with this wine is to leave it in a decanter for an hour before touching it. Straight out of the bottle this is lean and tight but later flourishes into an array of feral elements, with mushrooms, red fruit, dry soil spinning out of the glass. A beautiful colour...you won't see many clearer wines. With time this will be one stinky and earthy animal. (1183 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 1/7/2014: Only Burgundy can really make wines like this, in my experience. Super lightweight, crystal clear but with finely woven aromas and tastes that deliver something that is greater than the sum of its parts.|
Evolving very well - this takes some time to open up. Very clear and transluscent with delicate, whispy aromas of dry soil, cherries, a bit of mushroom. Fine boned, elegant. Drinking well, but will keep for years. (1311 views)
| ||Tasted by pifcho on 6/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Good stuff here. Transparent and red fruited in the vein of most 2008s, but with the softer approachable acids of the 2007 vintage. Mineral and earthy, this is very interesting and satisfying from the first to last sip. More Vosne than NSG, but no complaints here. (1476 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 1/12/2013: Fantastic quality here...light, linear but with a very classy nose. Deep cherries, mushrooms and violets. Tangy finish with a very delicate feel. Very impressive and will last quite a while. (1936 views)|
| ||Tasted by CWilliam on 1/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank at a restaurant so no formal notes. Very enjoyable on it's own or with food. Still fruit primary with bright cherry fruit, medium body, high acids and long finish. Would buy again. (1450 views)|
| ||Tasted by -E- on 6/6/2012 & rated 91 points: Smaking med Etienne de Montille: Kjølig rødbærsdreven nese med en lett sødme. Svakt hint av VA. Søtlig, smal frukt. Slank. Godt grep. Lette smørtoner i ettersmak. (1790 views)|
| ||Tasted by SBrick on 1/30/2010 & rated 89 points: Quite approachable, rather light which made it drinkable so early. (1840 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Spam on 1/15/2010 & rated 93 points: Vineyard Gate: 2007 Burgundy, Montille and Chandon de Briailles (Millbrae, CA): A virtual powerhouse considering its from the 2007 vintage. Rich red fruit nose--though a bit monolithic--that carries through into a lush, fairly ripe red fruit palate. Quite accessible at this stage, and still refined for all its opulence. It drinks well now, but will no doubt age for at least fifteen years. (1828 views)|
Domaine de MontilleNo official website. Producer bio from importer website appears below.
Located in Volnay, just south of Beaune, this winery boasts some of the most prized red wine producing vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. From their holdings in Volnay and Pommard, Hubert and Etienne de Montille (father & son) craft some of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of Burgundy. In fact, their wines can be found on the lists of virtually every three star restraurant in France. In 1993 they acquired a little more than a hectare of the prestigious Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret vineyard. This prized vineyard is located adjacent to the famed Montrachet. In just a few short years, this wine has become one of the most sought after whites from the region. In 2003 there were more additions to the Volnays and Pommards. They were able to purchase over two hectares in the prime Beaune Premier Cru vineyards. 2004 will see yet another addition. This will be the domaine’s first Grand Cru vineyards. One hectare located in the famed Corton-Charlemagne vineyard was added this year. It is planted half in red and half in white.
The vinification at this estate is traditional with a large emphasis placed on punching down the cap during the peak of the fermentation. The stems are left in in percentages of 0-25% depending on the vintage, and the maceration is quite long (12-16 days). The percentage of new oak used never excedes 25%.
Stylistically, their wines tend to be different than those of the other well-known names of Volnay and Pommard. The emphasis here is on concentration and purity of fruit, firm structure, and above all, the ability to improve and become more complex with aging. In addition, their philosophy is that chaptalization should never raise the potential alcohol level above 12%. This approach to vinification came about by accident during the 1959 vintage, when Hubert miscalculated the amount of sugar needed for his cuvée of Volnay "Taillepieds." The resulting alcohol level reached only 11.5%, and to his great surprise, the 1959 Taillepieds ended up being more complex and having a greater purity of fruit than his other cuvées from the same vintage. The tasting of this wine 25 years later, proved that its lack of alcohol had in no way impeded its ability to age with grace into a fine old bottle of burgundy. Consequently, one will never experience the alcohol "burn," ever-present in modern young red burgundies, from the nose of these wines. Because of their moderate alcohol levels, the wines tend to be shy during their first couple of years in the bottle. It is after this time, that they flesh out and provide an abundance of the fascinating aromas and flavors which we seek in great red burgundy.
Hubert de Montille is a larger than life wine-maker who manages year after year in any weather to produce enchanting bottles of wine that rank with the very best in the world. In Burgundy, among his peers, he is considered to be one of the greatest in the region because from his Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, he succeeds in producing wines that match or surpass those of his colleagues up north in the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Nuits.
Etienne took over from his father in the late 1990’s, and is now considered among the elite of Burgundy’s growers. In addition to managing his family estate, in 2001, he was given control of the prestigious Château de Puligny-Montrachet with the goal of turning it around to focus on quality. In just a couple of short years, this winery has become one of the top estates in the Côte de Beaune.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Burgundy Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker
# 2013 Vintage Notes:
* "2013 is a vintage that 20 years ago would have been a disaster." - Will Lyons
* "low yields and highly variable reds, much better whites." - Bill Nanson
* "Virtually all wines were chaptalised, with a bit of sugar added before fermentation to increase the final alcohol level." - Jancis Robinson
# 2014 Vintage Notes:
"We have not had such splendid harvest weather for many years. This will ensure high quality (fragrant, classy and succulent are words already being used) across the board, up and down the hierarchy and well as consistently from south to north geographically apart from those vineyards ravaged by the hail at the end of June." - Clive Coates
Côte de Nuits on weinlagen.info
Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru A.O.C. Nuits-Saint-Georges (Syndicat Viticole de Nuits-Saint-Georges)