2008 Burgundy - Domaine de Montille

If you follow wine closely or got your new wine spectator in the mail already, some of this may no news to you.  However, I am actually adding a personal touch to my burgundy wine coverage.
For all that don't know:
2008 was looking to be a disaster vintage, as the summer unloaded to much rain and cool weather for a great year in burgundy.  But by the second week of September, wind from the north helped drying the grapes and the climate turned favorable warm.  This change in weather saved the vintage, but yields were smaller than usual.
Back to the wine:  My first try of the 2008 vintage was actually with a great Burgundian wine maker and owner, who sat right across my table, at a wine luncheon.  His name is Etienne de Montille and he owns Domaine de Montille, which produces world class pinot noirs and chardonnays from the Cote de Beaune.
The wine that I am adding to our wine list, is the 2008 Bourgogne Rouge.  It was well rounded, pure burgundy style (terror driven) pinot noir at its finest.  And that at a very reasonalble price point for a great pinot noir from Burgundy.

Other Domaine de Montille wines that I got to taste that day (all of them where great):
The first wine I tried was a Chardonnay and it was very good!  The 2007 Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Les Aigrots was amazingly well balanced with a very fresh and pure nose of white flowers, peaches and citrus notes, which complemented the raciness and minerality of the wine.  Long finish!

- 2008 Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies:  ruby colored, with notes of floral and soft, slow ripening fruit on medium plus body.
- 2007 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards: This full cluster fermentated pinot showed notes of rose pedals, raspberry and intense minerality on the palate.
- 2008 Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles: The Pezerolles was a bigger pinot in my eyes than the last two.  It showed more dominant red fruit (plum, red current) and only some softer floral notes. Also full cluster fermentation.
- 2008 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens: great, refined, perfect balanced wine. The fruit aromas, the floral notes and the minerality and terror make you want to drink more.

Aging Cellar at their winery in Volnay, Burgundy
Cheers until next week.

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