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Producer: Domaine Rene MonnierGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot NoirOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Beautifully balanced wine with silky tanninsAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A silky and light bodied Volnay with enticing aromas of sage and plums. An elegant palate shows liquorice, wild strawberry and raspberry tones that evolve into a lingering cassis finish. Superbly fine tannins give a classy, understated mouthfeel, leading to a lingering finish.
Domaine René Monnier is a leading and sought-after producer situated in the heart of Meursault. With over 18 hectares of vineyard in the most prestigious Crus of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine René Monnier is one of the largest privately owned domains in the region. Founded in 1723, the domain is now in the hands of the tenth generation, with all the wines being skilfully made by Xavier Monnot. Domaine René Monnier's white wines are fresh and stylish avoiding an excessive use of oak, while the reds are the epitome of fine Burgundy demonstrating the balanced, silky style of this house.
2016 was generally a challenging vintage due to a severe frost on April 27th which damaged a large part of the crop and resulted in lower yields. Fine weather in September helped to rescue this vintage. The fruit that remained was good quality, without extremes of acidity, alcohol or fruit concentration, resulting in a classic style of Burgundy.
The Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1936 and are low yielding, producing a rich, concentrated style of Volnay. Grown in the Premier Cru named plot of Clos des Chênes in Volnay, the vines are cultivated according to "la lutte raisonnée", using sustainable agricultural methods and reducing the amount of chemicals, in order to respect the land and its environment. The soils are predominantly limestone and clay.
The grapes were meticulously sorted and then underwent traditional vinification methods. Fermentation started off in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before being transferred to oak casks of which 25% were new. The wine underwent regular bâtonnage of its fine lees adding complexity and texture to the resulting wine. The wine completed malolactic fermentation and was then aged for 10 months in French oak barrels before being gently fined and filtered prior to bottling.
A fantastic wine to pair with roasted red meats such as duck or game.
Pinot Noir 100%
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