Monthelie 1er Cru "Les Duresses" 2004, Francois Parent

Tasted at Garsington Opera during the picnic between Acts One and Two. This Monthelie had a consistent cherry red colour with no purple youth or foxy age on the rim. Initially the bouquet displayed red currants and bright red strawberries. After a few minutes this evolved to cloves and oak vanillins. The impression was of freshness and fragrancy. On the palate the balance of cherry fruit, oak and fruit tannins with high notes of acidity made this a perfect food wine. It was excellent with lamb puff pastry parcels and bacon parmentiers. This domaine is co-managed with domaine A-F Gros: the Francois Parent vineyards were inherited by the husband and the A-F Gros vineyards by the wife. Some of the wines under the two labels are the same -- but not all of them!

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