Monthelie 1er Cru "Les Duresses" 2011

The vintage

We harvested from the 27th of August through the 8th of September.

For us, because we love whites with crispness, minerality and tension, we are confident to say the 2011 vintage is a great vintage for whites. The grapes were very healthy, and the pressing, settling and fermenting unfolded easily, thanks to the generous acidity levels.

The qualities found in the reds are just as pertinents for the whites. Fresh, mineral and floral with notes of citrus and white flowers, the aromas are clean and precise. The palates are vibrant, with a nice combination of tension and fluidity that deliver a texture that is less thick and less fleshy give more profound flavor than the immediately preceding vintages.

Thanks to this, it is easy to read the terroirs and because of the excellent natural equilibrium of the wines, the 2011 whites possess good aging potential that is, in our opinion, superior to the three prior vintages. They are wines to drink but also to cellar for another ten years.

Tasting notes

"Here too there is an extremely mild hint of reduction that is sufficiently light such that notes of citrus, green fruit and pear show through. There is good volume to the sleekly muscular middle weight flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a textured mouth feel to the slightly austere but persistent finish. I very much like the intensity here and this should also drink well young but age well too." - Allen Meadows