Terroir Insight: Domaine de Montille Malconsorts Cuvee Christiane

One rarely see a producer in Burgundy making two different wines from the same vineyard, unless it’s a declassification of young and younger wines.

Etienne de Montille has however decided to make two cuvees from Vosne-Romanee Aux-Malconsorts – one regular cuvee made from two plots inside Malconsorts and a special cuvee made from a 0.4765 ha plot located on the southeastern corner of La Tâche Joly de Bévy – he has named this cuvee after his mother Chistiane .. so it must be something special .. and it is in my view.

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So lets go walkabout in the La Tâche outskirts.

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Domaine Prieure-Roch, Clos de Vougeot 2010

The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Domaine Prieure-Roch is a gorgeous effort and a impressive Clos de Vougeot. The bouquet offer expressive red and dark berry fruit spiced with cinnamon, violets and all spice. On the palate quite weighty midpalate fruit … seems quite lightfooted .. but still power through a set of 2011 top end Bonnes Mares. Love the nerve and the energy in the long and intensely vibrant finish – 2010 is indeed a legendary vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine – (94p) – Tasted 24/10/2014

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Comte Lafon, Meursault Clos de la Barre 2004

Yes! … this bottle of Lafon Meursault Clos de Barre 2004 is really singing. In the nose fresh matured fruit, citrus driven minerality … with lovely complex notes of hazelnuts on the top. On the palate fresh and vibrant fruit … quite weighty with fine energy and focus. No sign of the 04 dense flavours .. just pure, crisp and delightful matured fruit – lovely juice.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good+ – (90p) – Tasted 24/09/2014

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Domaine Hubert Lamy, Criots-Batard-Montrachet 1989

The Criots-Batard-Montrachet 1989 from Hubert Lamy is a delightfully fresh effort. The nose is still crisp and vibrant with cool yellow fruit, hazelnuts and a slightly salty minerality. On the palate medium bodied with focused and refined fruit supported by a lovely mineralic backbone. It’s pure vibrant with a almost riesling like acidity in the finish. Very fresh and cool for a 1989 .. a lovely matured white Burgundy.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Fine – (93p) – Tasted 24/09/2014]

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