Neil Beckett, World of Fine Wine – April 2020

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The World of Fine Wine (WFW) is an award-winning quarterly magazine, website and app for an international audience of discerning individuals with a passion for wine. Neil Beckett, key editor of the publication, visited our estate in November 2019. With Michael Baum and Emmanuel Sala, he tasted 2018 cuvées in avant-première. Here are his comments.

Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2018: 92-93 points

“After the individual parcels, culminating in the sublime 100% whole-bunch Simon, some of which will again be given individual expression, Emmanuel presented a representative blend as the flagship Clos Marey-Monge. Mid-ruby. Very naturally
expressive on the nose, an amalgam of dark but not black fruit, with a beguiling delicatesse and douceur. Medium-bodied, elegantly firm, fine-grained, gentl grippy. Still nascent and not the final blend, but very harmonious and highly promising.”

Ladoix Premier Cru “Les Gréchons” 2018: 93 points

“The passionate but sensitive winemaker, Emmanuel Sala, rates this site almost as highly as the best premiers crus in Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet, and this sensational wine makes a compelling case, as well as showing that Emmanuel has as deft a touch with whites as with reds. Pale gold. Aromatically, this is rich and ripe, with an alluring gentle exoticism, but (harvested on September 7) there is no overripeness, and it even has an almost minty freshness. Excellent harmony, magnificent scale, but enough intensity and mineral tension for it to hold its shape. The phenolics (there is very little débourbage, so some of the heavier lees are retained, though there is no bâtonnage) show in an enhancing light bitterness of flavor rather than in any roughness of texture. Well worth discovering.”

Saint-Aubin Premier Cru “En Remilly” 2018: 91 points

“Sadly, there are only four pièces of this wine, but it is an excellent expression of one of the top vineyards in the village. Pale gold. Rich and ripe to
smell, but there is exciting purity, too. Concentrated and dense on the palate, but the light bitterness and nuttiness from the lees preclude overopulence.”


About The World Of Fine Wine

The World of Fine Wine is an award-winning publication written for an international readership of discerning individuals who share a passion for wine.  The magazine is packed with exclusive in-depth information from some of the world’s most respected wine writers.

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