Monthélie 1er Cru Les Duresses 2018

The vintage

The weather in 2018 has been quite tricky, with a cold, humid winter, followed by temperature rises reaching 30+ degrees starting April. This combination of these factors made the vines grow very quickly, we had to work hard to follow nature’s fast pace! 

The harvest started the 23rd of August, and lasted 3 weeks. The quality of the juice is surprising. We believe that our biodynamic practices helped the vines give their best despite the heat waves. As a result, our wines show an incredible balance between alcohol and freshness, and we did not produce any cuvée above 13,4 degrees! 

The quality of the reds allowed us to use an important percentage of whole clusters. Gentle vinification, smooth extraction. We are very pleased with the floral bouquet, with nice dark fruits. The tannins are very well integrated , with a delicate touch and texture.   

Tasting notes

The 2018 Monthélie Les Duresses has a well-defined, focused bouquet of pretty white flower and Granny Smith apple scents. The palate is well balanced with fine depth, a good seam of acidity and a gentle, orange pith-tinged finish. This is a fine Monthélie.

-- Neal Martin