Plush and soft on the nose. It starts a little spiced - think spiced plums and a tiny bit of cinnamon, and then more floral aromas emerge - peonies and little violets. Really quite hedonistic- forest fruits, cherries and with a hint of smokiness and kiss of tar and fine, Pinot acidity. The 2019 may be a bigger wine, but it's utterly gorgeous. A Bourgogne Rouge with a swagger.
Pinot Noir from Burgundy of this quality at this price is so rare. It's joyful and full, and classy, with a lovely hint of oak. The Grande Reserve vineyard is located on the western side of Chablis, toward Auxerre, an area of vineyards that were famous in the 19th century, forgotten and now been re-planted. The chalky slopes are very similar to the famous Montee de Tonnerre.
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“I have featured Mauperthuis wines before, and this fervently organic estate genuinely yields some of the purest and most mesmerising wine in the Côte d’Or. Naturally low yields and little intervention means that these wines speak of the soil as clearly as they do their pristine fruit. Les Brûlis is unoaked and therefore even more exposed and vulnerable on the perfume and palate. I would venture that this is the most direct and sonorous Pinot nose I have encountered this year, and there is not one iota of unwanted tannin here, making this one of the most delightfully gluggable Pinot Noirs I have seen, too. In addition, there is admirable depth and sheen here, so fussy Pinotphiles will be every bit as amused as gung-ho amateurs. This joyous wine swings in just under the twenty quid mark, making it a treat worth splashing out for when entertaining in style or indeed when you are spoiling yourself during mid-week sofa suppers!”Matthew Jukes