Boxing Well Above Its Weight Class: 2011 De Montille Bourgogne Rouge

Posted by Ian McFadden

Boxing Well Above Its Weight Class
2011 De Montille Bourgogne Rouge

We're always hunting for everyday Burgundies that over-deliver.

Today, we're happy to offer a recent find, De Montille's 2011 Bourgogne.

Lately, we've been happy with how well many of the "little" wines of the 2011 vintage have been drinking. De Montille's Bourgogne was hands down the star of our recent tastings.

De Montille's 2011s are some of the biggest success stories of the vintage. Burghound pretty much nails it when he writes: "My take on the de Montille 2011s is that they transcend the general quality of vintage"

What we love about De Montille's '11 Bourgogne Rouge is its high-toned red fruit and floral notes that combine with vibrant acid and mineral backbone. For all of its brightness and briskness, the wine comes across as being long and complete. It's this dynamic and nimble style that makes the '11 Bourgogne a wine to have on hand in quantity. This is a really drinkable and food friendly example of Bourgogne Rouge.

Along with Lafarge and d'Angerville, De Montille has been one of the historical names of Volnay and Pommard known for making epically long-aging, stern wines. Etienne de Montille is currently at the helm and the wines have steadily softened and gained a high-toned purity. His skill as a winemaker becomes most apparent in challenging vintages like 2007 and 2011 where the wines really stand out from the pack.

In 2011, De Montille's Bourgogne joins the list of our favorites, right there with Mugneret-Gibourg, Bachelet, Lafarge and Chevillon. This is just a ridiculous value that delivers the gorgeously silky and clear Pinot fruit and snap that we really love.

I should close by saying that there's really not much of this available. Frankly, I'm probably creating a headache for my co-workers with this offer. Still, this is a wine that I really believe deserves a moment in the spotlight.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits