2021 Volnay, Les Serpens, Domaine Monthelie-Douhairet-Porcheret, Burgundy

2021 Volnay, Les Serpens, Domaine Monthelie-Douhairet-Porcheret, Burgundy

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2021 Volnay, Les Serpens, Domaine Monthelie-Douhairet-Porcheret, Burgundy

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Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret

Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret

Located in the village of Monthélie in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy, Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret was established in 2003 through the merger of two historic family estates: Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet and Domaine Porcheret. The estate is currently managed by the talented winemaker, Fabienne Douhairet, who is known for her commitment to producing high-quality wines that reflect the region's unique terroir.

The domaine owns and manages approximately 7 hectares of vineyards, primarily planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards are located in some of the most prestigious appellations of Burgundy, including Monthélie, Volnay, Pommard, and Meursault. Sustainable viticulture is practised at the domaine, focusing on preserving the natural balance of the vineyards and minimising the use of chemicals.

The wines of Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret are highly regarded for their elegance, finesse, and purity of fruit. The domaine produces a range of red and white wines, including premier cru and village-level bottlings. The wines are aged in French oak barrels to enhance their complexity and structure, and are noted for their ability to age gracefully over time.

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Volnay

Volnay

The finest and most elegant red wines of the Côte de Beaune are grown in Volnay, a village which might be twinned with Chambolle- Musigny in the Côte de Nuits, for the high active chalk content in the soil and comparatively low clay content.

Whereas in earlier times Volnay was made in a particularly light, early drinking style, these days there are many producers making wines which age extremely well. The best vineyards run either side of the RN73 trunk road.
  • 98 hectares of village Volnay
  • 115 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (35 in all). The finest include Les Taillepieds, Clos des Chênes, Champans, Caillerets (including Clos des 60 Ouvrées) and Santenots in Meursault.
  • Recommended producers:  LafargeLafonde Montille

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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.

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