Domaine Michel Mallard Côtes de Nuits-Villages Rouge 2015
Pinot Noir｜Burgundy, France
Savvy Pinot-philes know there’s no shortage of eye-popping Burgundy out there if you're willing to shell out for an investment. Finding a complex, ageable example under $50, however, is the real challenge. I’d put this $49 Pinot up against peers costing twice the price, so jump right in with free shipping on only three bottles!
This is a hearty, fleshy red Burgundy from a small, family-run domaine in the heart of the C
ôte d'Or, in Burgundy. A perfect candidate for the cellar but will bring immense pleasure if you pull the cork now, all for a fraction of the price for comparable bottlings from this region!
Domaine Michel Mallard is a multi-generational father-and-son operation. They pay close attention to the health of the soil and its vines; organic composts and natural nutrient-balancing cover crops are used to promote diverse, healthy systems in the vineyard. Their attention to detail is unparalleled – every vine tended by hand, every grape hand-picked, and the pristine fruit sorted meticulously before going in their 228-liter Burgundian casks to age for 12 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2015 vintage has yielded "hauntingly beautiful reds", says Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media. It is certainly a warmer, more hedonistic vintage––one which has critics and vignerons excited alike. Domaine Mallard's 2015 wine offers up generous raspberry liqueur, woodsy aromatics, sandalwood, hibiscus, and newly-tanned leather. The fruit is mouth-filling, supple, and slow to unwind on the palate, becoming more complex and aromatic as it opens up.
Burgundy, the spiritual home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, can be roughly divided into two halves. In the north you’ll find the “Côte de Nuits.” This 2015 comes from a single site called Le Fourneau; in the Middle Ages a communal oven (fourneau) was situated here for use by the villagers.
A splendid Pinot Noir, but please – decant this wine for an hour or so before enjoying; drink now through 2030!
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