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Burgundy, Monthelie


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 Tony Ling, Wine Collector  tasted  Volnay 1er Cru Champans 1999  ( Domaine Monthelie Douhairet Porcheret )

"This tasting note concludes my annual trip in New York and the experience has been truly amazing - met a few true wine nerds here and there; learning a fortune from chatting with a crew of one of the most knowledgeable staff in the wine shops in NYC; doing research on Burgundies and various Loire Valley wines...

After all, the satisfaction comes from not only getting to source for great wines across the globe for the cellar, but also because I've decided to treat myself a bottle or two of the great wines in the collection!

This bottle here is particularly remarkable: The Monthélie-Douhairet Volnay Premier Cru Les Champans 1999 is coming from the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy, with a mellow and richer character compared to its cousins in the north. The wine is medium ruby with garnet hues, with lots of legs for one to ponder how alcoholic / full-bodied this wine is (before you read that it is only 13%). On the nose it has elegant, restrained notes of wild cherries, raspberries and florals (violets). Notes of leather, earth and exotic spices unfolds as you air the wine for a good 10-15 minutes.

The wine is medium bodied and very well-balanced with medium acidity and silky tannins. It finishes fairly long and the lovely fruits and gentle spices stays with you for a good 5-10 seconds. Serve it with or without decantation as the wine contains almost no sediment but make sure you allow some time for this beauty to showcase how it can delight you after it opens up (seriously, you will finish this bottle without noticing it!). I believe the wine is at its prime currently and should drink beautifully at a 2-3 years' timeframe from now.

This is a textbook example of how a richer style Burgundy would be like with a good ageing period. Volnay Champans Premier Cru is considered one of the more collectible Premier Crus in Côte de Beaune and this wine certainly drinks beautifully with 10-15 years of cellaring. It is an all-rounder with a good structure and power to impress the Bordeaux lovers yet the finesse and complexity to cater to the most sensitive wine drinkers. It is also very food friendly. Overall, this has been a 'tour de force' of the great terroir of Bourgogne!

Food pairing: Salmon fillet and Teriyaki steak"

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