Monthelie 1er Cru "Les Duresses" 2010
We began the 21th of Septembre and finished the 1st of October 2010.
After a challenging winter where frost affected lots of vineyards and caused many young plants to die, 2010 began a bit behind schedule but with the softness of a rather hot spring. However, flowering didn't have the advantage of good weather, and this resulted in poor fruit set (coulure) and an abnormal mix of berry sizes within clusters (millerandage). Summer got off to a good start with a lovely first half of July. However, moody and chilly weather then set in until the beginning of September, when Burgundy's best helper in that month, a wind called la Bise (the Kiss), cleared the skies for a radiant sun to dry the vines while temperatures remained fresh.
The harvest date was, as is often the case, of utmost importance, and it is the reason we only purchase grapes harvested by our own team or under our control.
2010 is a grand vintage for whites, as it combines generosity and flesh with acidity and minerality. The aromas are ripe with the occasional exotique note and floral hints set against a citrusy background. The mouthfeels are packed with flavor, supple, and even powerful with their significant substance; however, happily their bouyant acidities provide remarkable balance.
"Here the nose is overtly exotic with hints of mango and pineapple joining with more typical yellow orchard fruit aromas. The ripeness of the nose telegraphs with accuracy the expected ripeness of the palate as the powerful and tautly muscular flavors are rich, round and opulent. The broad-scaled flavors could be top heavy and a bit sweet but thanks to the firm acid spine the finish is clean, dry and persistent" . Allen Meadows