Archive for the ‘Monthélie’ category

Bouchard Pere et Fils Monthélie Clos les Champs Fulliot 2005

January 29, 2008

img_3997.jpgThe appellation of Monthélie is one of the last strongholds of Pinot Noir before the land gives way to the great Chardonnay vines of Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny in the south. The slopes north of the village are adjacent to the renowned vineyards of Volnay, and it is in this area of Monthélie, the Coteau de Volnay, where the best Premier Crus are found. Clos les Champs Fulliot is one of them, situated on the same Bathonian limestone as Volnay’s Clos des Chênes and Les Santenots, but not the same ideal east-southeast exposition of the latter. So this is where terroir kicks in and where faults, combes and a multitude of soiltypes can make an enormous impact as is shown in this wine. Fleshy and taut rather then fragrant and elegant its nose shows a lot of spice, undergrowth, dark cherries, plum and a hint of violets while on the tightly knit and balanced palate robust tannins and firm acidity fully control the underlying fruit characters that scream to be set free. This wine simply needs a couple of years to shake off its youthful clumsiness. 89+

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers  Price: $79.99  Drink: 2010-2016

Web: www.bouchard-pereetfils.com

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Bouchard Père et Fils Monthélie Les Duresses 1999

May 5, 2007

img_2699.jpgIt is often said that the red wines from Monthélie are reminiscent of those from neighbouring Volnay but in a less elegant and delicate form. That’s why the price is more friendly. Monthélies offer even more value when the wine is from a premier cru vineyard, a trusted négociant as Bouchard Père et Fils and a great vintage. With its ruby colour the wine still looked very young for its age. On the nose it showed few signs of ageing with raspberry and spice being dominant. The palate is soft, round and well balanced and the mouthdrying grainy tannins suggested the wine could have handled some more years in the cellar. 89 points.

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers Price: $65 Drink: Now-2010

Web: www.bouchard-pereetfils.com