Domaine Jean-Marc Millot is a Burgundian delight; it is always a treat to visit this estate to taste the new vintage. This was equally the case for the 2018 vintage here, as Millot has caught the 2018s on the cool side, meaning that most of the wines here show predominantly red fruit, although with a vivid temperament maintaining the freshness and airy fruit of the vintage.
I was very impressed by the Millot wines from the coolness perspective, as they showed no real tendency toward overripeness – a tendency that is relatively common in the 2018 vintage as a whole.
That being said, I mainly taste at top-flight domaines, and therefore encounter rather fewer of these issues. But believe me, the 2018s can display all the ripeness that you would ever want – and then some – in the hands of less-skilled producers.
Millot has shown great talent by keeping alive the freshness of their 2018s – as the range here is truly lovely. Chapeau Alix .. and Jean-Marc, of course.
The cool 2018s
The Millot wines are on the elegant and light-footed side of the 2018s – the concentration is definitely there, yet it is in balance and discreet in these vinous gems. And while these are nevertheless relatively big and intense wines, that balance allows them to show themselves as vivacious and airy in most cases.
The wines are detailed and transparent – and are kept on the cool side, with a fine freshness and expression of terroir. They will provide serious hedonistic enjoyment over decades, and they drink beautifully.
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Tasting Notes for this producer
- Jean-Marc Millot, Clos de Vougeot 2014 October 15, 2016
- Jean-Marc Millot, Echezeaux 2014 October 15, 2016
- Jean-Marc Millot, Cote de Nuits Village “Aux Faulques” 2014 September 30, 2016
- Jean-Marc Millot, Bourgogne 2014 September 30, 2016
- Jean-Marc Millot, Grands Echezeaux 2002 December 2, 2011
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