Monthélie 1er Cru "Les Duresses" 2004, François Parent

Monthélie reds never achieve the finesse of neighbouring village Volnay or the appetizing fruit of adjoining Auxey-Duresses. The style is more like the chalky wines of Pernand. The vineyards may lack the right exposure. This Monthélie, imbibed at the Darwin College tasting turned out to be a fascinating bouteille. Ruby red with hints of Buckinghamshire brick on the rim. Chalk, washed sushi rice, plum skin and orange pith. Second layer of aromas of mineral, savoury and spniach (iron). Ends on floral and parsley notes. On the palate: sharp-edged cherry, chalk, crisp berry fruit, medium to high acidity provides freshness. Will open and integrate over the next 3 years! François Parent also makes the wines of the Domaine AF Gros and is a top quality producer.

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