2007 Monthélie 1er Cru les Duresses, Domaine Coche-Bizouard

2007 Monthélie 1er Cru les Duresses, Domaine Coche-Bizouard

Red, Drink now   Red | Drink now | Domaine Coche-Bizouard | Code: 15600 | 2007 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Monthelie | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Domaine Coche-Bizouard

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Domaine Coche-Bizouard

Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

Region

Monthelie

A small village nestling in a valley behind Meursault and Volnay, Monthelie produces mostly red wines, mini-Volnays with appealing fruit but sometimes a rustic edge, and a small amount of white wine. The best wines come from the steep slopes above the village, such as Les Duresses.

  • 109 hectares of village Monthelie.
  • 31 hectares of premier cru vineyards (11 in all). Best vineyard is Les Duresses.
  • Recommended Producer:  Lafon

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