Beaune 1er cru "Les Sizies" 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

-. A more elegant and very high-toned nose of red cherry and wet stone complements the clean, bright and detailed flavors that possess a light mineral streak and relatively refined tannins on the moderately persistent finish. Pretty and forward rather than profound. 2011+

-Good full red. Aromas of bitter cherry, smoked meat and stone. Sweet and sappy, with very good intensity to the flavors of red fruits, spices and dark chocolate. Finishes with very good spicy sweetness and noteworthy verve for a wine from clay soil. Montille vinified this cuvee with some stems for the first time. Very strong for this wine-and an immediate sign that 2007 is a success here.
By Stephen TANZER