Additional parcel of 2010 Burgundy from Jean-Marc Millot

Jean-Marc Millot, Lay & Wheeler Burgundy 2010 en primeurFollowing our extensive tastings of the 2010 vintage in Burgundy last November, Nick Dagley and I returned to the region in February and visited this small domaine tucked away off the beaten track in Vosne-Romanée.  The delightfully unassuming and diligent Jean-Marc Millot has been making the wines at this estate since 1992, and acquired most of his Grand Cru sites only in 1997.  Among the domaine’s 6.8 hectares, there are tiny but well-situated plots in the three Grand Crus – Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux and Clos de Vougeot – as well as some prime Vosne-Romanée vines (in fact, some of his vines in Les Suchots are situated right next to those of Sylvain Cathiard).  Furthermore, Jean-Marc produces a lovely Côte de Nuits-Villages, which provides one of the greatest value wines of the Côte de Nuits.

The fruit is de-stemmed and care is taken not to over-extract on the basis that with the low yields employed, the density of texture and flavour can already be found in the grapes.  The winemaking is discreet and transparent, as Jean-Marc values finesse and subtle energy over raw weight and power.  He strives to produce pure, soft, mesmerising Burgundies with characteristic charm and elegance.  This is truly the epitome of flawless Pinot Noir from this sought-after corner of France.

We were so taken with the wines that we have subsequently added them to our Burgundy 2010 En Primeur offer – not an easy feat owing to the tiny quantities available this year.  We were also fortunate enough to be able to taste the first of the 2011 vintage.  Even at this early stage, the wines seemed to possess a lovely, vibrant fragrance. On the palate, there was serious concentration, expressive pretty fruit and attractive tannic structure. I shall look forward to revisiting again in the autumn. These wines are available to buy online now and offer exceptionally good value Grand Cru Burgundy from this wonderful vintage.

Edwina Watson

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