Monthelie Premier Cru "Les Riottes"

The Heart of Monthelie

Located at the centre of Monthelie (pronounced Mont'lie) the 11 hectare "Les Riottes" Premier Cru climat (one of 15 climats in the appellation) sits snug into the south and south-east facing, and steep, hillsides of the Côte de Beaune, elevated around 300 metres above sea level. The appellation's predominantly pebbly Bathonian limestone sits on a bed of marl and red clay, responsible for sculpting an equally delicate and feminine wine as its neighbor, and close friend, Volnay. A trip south from Pommard up the hill towards Monthelie will offer a dazzling panorama of the whole Côte de Beaune. The word "Riottes" takes its name from a narrow lane in old French.

Varietal: Pinot Noir

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Monthelie Premier Cru "Les Riottes" 2013

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A Touch of Intensity

Introducing itself with an intense ruby color, Monthelie Premier Cru "Les Riottes" 2013 knows how to make an entrance. The 11 hectare "Les Riottes" plot, with its pebbly Bathonian limestone, offers this wine a delicacy and femininity equal only to Volnay. Breath in. The nose is full and deep, waves of small black fruit and red fruits, cherry and blackcurrant attack, with some floral fragrances of peony and violet in the background. They will tickle the senses. There's a little bit of spice too – let your nose hunt for the underbrush and bracken, also – if you lay it down for five or so years. This Premier Cru's delicate tannins, well-balanced with a firm acidity, provide the wine a sincere silkiness that you'll remember long after you've put the glass down.

After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.

Monthelie Premier Cru "Les Riottes" 2011

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