weekend wines – week 11 2023

Update 11.4.2023(8.4.2023)billn

2007, 1993 and 1984 de Montille

Yes, very late with this small note – but it was worthwhile and a nice addition to another ‘recent‘ 1984…

Dinner in Pommard – as befits the labels…

The 2007 Beaune was nicely structured – a rarity for 2007s – certainly 2007s in their youth. Here’s a 2007 that I could get better acquainted with – taught, good precision – all those things that are so-often lacking in the vintage. Then the 1993 Taillepieds – now we were talking! Smoky, almost a hint of tobacco and wonderfully chiselled wine – still with obvious minerality – not an easy, comfortable, wine – rather one that challenges you – it was super! Then came the last, blind wine. Complex, also structural – a certain austerity but personality too – I thought it clearly a wine of the 1980s – but when our hostess said the worst vintage that anyone could remember – I jumped in with 1984 – receiving much-misplaced adulation – but there really is only one 1984 – and this was the second more than good wine from that vintage that I’ve had in the last 6 months.

I know many in the wine business that maintain that they never tasted an even ‘good’ 1984 but here was a wine that would captivate a table of enthusiasts – despite being the least ‘delicious’ of this trio of bottles.

History in a bottle!

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

There is one response to “weekend wines – week 11 2023”

  1. Richard11th April 2023 at 12:25 pmPermalinkReply

    Could you explain the “Montille” labels? The 1984 has “Domaine de Montille”, but was certainly made by Hubert. The 1993 says “Hubert de Montille”, when the son became more involved.

    • billn11th April 2023 at 2:09 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi Richard
      Our hostess was ‘a’ de Montille. The older bottles were only recently labelled – with the labels that were to hand – ie the modern ones…
      All my best…

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