The 2020 vintage suits the Jean-Marc Millot wines very well, with its intensity and definition, and the result there is very good indeed.
Alix Millot has improved quality significantly in recent years, and her wines have added precision and depth without losing their hedonistic qualities. While perhaps not a direct competitor to Cathiard and Comte Liger-Belair, they possess lovely joie de vivre and beautiful energy that make them notable challengers. Also, prices and budget do matter to most – including me – and here the Millot wines come out ahead.
Making wine is not about being the best or most expensive. It’s about providing the maximum of what I love to call hedonistic decadence – a experience where Grands Echezeaux does very well indeed.
I don’t think the Millot 2020s quite live up to the unique and fabulous 2019s, but they do have a lot going for them. And seen as a whole, they stand strong – well done.
But let’s go to the Domaine Millot wines!
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot Bourgogne Rouge 2020
The Bourgogne rouge is, as usual fresh, relatively vivid, and openly knit, with good, cool energy and tension. It has clear minerality, with red and dark fruits playfully interacting. Is this a more serious wine than the generously ripe 2019? Perhaps. It has a fine glou-glou character in the glass. More please!
(Drink from 2022) – Good (85-86p) – Tasted 05/07/2021
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot Côte de Nuits Village 2020
The Côte de Nuits Village is from very old vines, hence nice ripeness, with the sugars kept in balance by a narrow margin. It has fine drinkability, balance, and energy. The wine is quite intense, but it keeps its 2020 coolness. I do like wines from the Comblanchien/Corgoloin area.
(Drink from 2021) – Good+ (87p) – Tasted 05/07/2021 –
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot Côte de Nuits Village Aux Falques 2020
Aux Falques is located in the centre of Comblanchien (more about the terroir here). This is a fine glass, combining very good phenolic ripeness with delightful coolness and energy. As good as the 2019? Not quite, perhaps, giving it the benefit of the doubt. But it certainly has sought-after hedonistic qualities, along with the 2020 “coolness”.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good (88-89p) – Tasted 05/07/2021 –
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot Savigny-les-Beaune 2020
The Savigny-les-Beaune is not my favourite glass in this line-up, although this may be somewhat unfair. It is certainly not overripe, and has lovely “coolness” and some fresh notes of rhubarb. It’s fresh, cool, and energetic on the palate, with good enjoyability.
(Drink from 2027) – Good+ (87-88p) – Tasted 05/07/2021
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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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