Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Clos Des Grands Voyens - Monopole 2016
Who doesn’t love the mum? Who doesn’t love an elegant Pinot Noir? This nectar is not an exception. It is a Premier Cru from Mercurey. This village on the Côte Chalonnaise produces red wines with the highest reputation in the area. The vineyards, with an average age of 42 years, are located on a south-facing hillside. The grapes are picked and sorted entirely by hand. Then they undergo 15/20 days in vat starting with a cold pre-fermentation maceration. After this step, the divine juice ages for 12 months in 100% oak barrels, with 30% new oak. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. Even without swirling, our nostrils are in raptures over the velvety fragrance of red fruits and the charming perfume of rose. There are also balsamic notes of eucalyptus, a hint of mint and the spiciness of the white pepper. The secondary flavours, developed during the oak aging, are: cloves, vanilla, a noble cedar, a virile charred wood and an essence of coffee. As tertiaries, there are a bit of game, wet leaves, a plaintive farmyard and luxury leather.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%) and perfectly tamed. Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, the secondary aromas are clearer, even tough the rich flavour of sour cherry and kirsch persist for quite some time. As tertiary, there is also a nice fragrance of mushroom.
This is a really nice wine: balanced and elegant. It is lovely by its own but it works really well even with more humble meal as a soup of pulses with rosemary. The producer suggests drinking by 3-10 years after the harvest. I really love its freshness now (2019), so not sure I will able to forget a bottle of this nectar in the cellar.