a return to taste: de montille 06 bourgogne

Update 8.8.2012(23.9.2009)Peter Sidebotham

It’s been a long time since I posted, and I think there have been too many “harvest” entries and not enough slurping – so here is a TN for you.

It may have been the occasion – a pique-nique en famille – or merely the fact that this bottle was a gift (and therefore free of intellectual investment on my part) – but this one simply delighted, and delighted simply. Highly recommended, and adds its modest weight to my personal view that 2006 is going to turn out to be a very pleasing vintage for the lover of red burgundy – a vintage I continue to buy for my personal cellar.

2006 de Montille, Bourgogne Rouge
Pale bright cherry red, with a broad paler rim showing pinkish still. Bright but slight, spicy cherry, nose. Fresh youthful and rustic, it makes me think of rolling in hay. Mouth entry is pure and sweet, but very small. Nice flavours – very fresh red fruit and spicy, bubblegummy, earth. The mid-palate shows good acidity and grip but no real size, and then it ends. Not quite clipped, but certainly short, though in a way that leaves you wanting more, rather than dissatisfied. Not a serious wine, but just the ticket for a picnic or a roll in the hay.

A week or so later we tried a bottle of the 2004, which was a different kettle of ladybirds. Not one to drink now, but I will hold and hope.

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “a return to taste: de montille 06 bourgogne”

  1. Mark Gough23rd September 2009 at 8:01 pmPermalinkReply

    Thanks for the note on this 2006 – don’t disagree on your vintage assessment, although in terms of whites ‘harvest’ time was crucial in terms of ripeness as I recall.

    But in terms of too many entries, sorry about that, the “harvest” (and cuverie work afterwards) make the wines we drink do they not ?

    If you haven’t experienced it I can assure you there’s plenty of decent ‘slurping’, or rather tasting, during harvest.

    Maybe I should not post, or let Bill do at his volition, the tasting notes from my ‘harvest’ experience I had lined up – and from some very serious wines indeed – as maybe such a note might be construed as just another harvest entry ?

    Just for the record I have met, and enjoyed the company, of Etienne de Montille a number of times and have a high regard for his abilities, achievements and wines. I have a number in my cellar.

    Care to give us the benefit of any of your harvest experiences Peter ?

  2. billn24th September 2009 at 4:01 amPermalinkReply

    Chill Mark, it was tongue-in-cheek, a comment which Peter didn’t expect me to reproduce, but actually I had the same feeling 😉

    I would have said the same in my first TN post – it has, after-all been quite a while since the main reason we all ‘indulge’ has made it onto the diary.

    Come-on, send us a tasting note, you know you want to….

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