Domaine de Montille Nuits Saint George 1er Cru 'Aux Thorey'

Burgundy, France   |  Pinot Noir   |  2018
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Tasting at de Montille is always an education as the opportunity to sample across the Cote d’Or, the domaine’s consistently top class reds and whites, gives an unrivalled perspective on the quality and style of the vintage, accompanied by Brian Sieve’s typically measured appraisal. Only marginally affected by the frosts of 2016 and 2017, the domaine has enjoyed fairly homogeneous yields across the last three vintages. Great fruit set and warmer evenings but not the relentless heat that affected some sites established the tone for the domaine’s wines, and as ever, Brian is strict about picking based on the acidity profile of the grapes, which has ensured balanced wines with the correct pH and alcohol levels under 13.3%. Elegance, focus and energy epitomise the domaine’s wines and they were a pleasure to taste as always.

(NB - We spent even longer at the domaine this year as Etienne and Brian had agreed to complete the élevage of the barrels of Hospice de Beaune 2019 wines we hoped to buy at the forthcoming auction for our syndicate members. As experienced tasters of the Hospice wines, they also had useful advice on preferred cuvées, which was another factor in our choices. We later bid successfully on the barrels we wanted (Pommard 1er Cru and a rather fantastic Meursault) and they will be making their way to de Montille for completion…)

From the middle slope, just north of the cemetery, Aux Thorey is planted on 100% limestone soils, close enough to Vosne Romanée to warrant ever more serious comparison. Two thirds whole bunch in 2018. Good mineral drive and lifted red fruits. Elegant and spicy, herbal, accented red and darker berry and plum palate, with a plushness to the tannins, really delicious. Tom, Wine Guru

The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Thorey 1er Cru feels a little disjointed at the moment but it will cohere with time. The palate is medium-bodied with finely tuned wild strawberry and red cherry notes, very pure and harmonious, and a silky-smooth finish. It might require a little more structure, but there is satisfying finesse here. 90-92/100, Neal Martin, Vinous

Aux Thoreys is a relatively cool site close the town of Nuits-St-Georges that is influenced by the cool breezes wafting down from the Hautes Côtes. As such, it often produces elegant, refined Pinots with considerable grace and charm. This 60% whole bunch-fermented red from Brian Sieve is a case in point, with savoury rose petal and wild herb aromas, sculpted tannins and an earthy undertone. 95/100, Tim Atkin MW

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  GrowerDomaine de Montille
  Bottle size750
  Duty Paid / In BondIn Bond
  Vintage2018
  CountryFrance
  RegionBurgundy
  GrapePinot Noir
  Wine TypeRed wines

Domaine de Montille

A 75% Premier/Grand Crus Domaine

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