2011 Domaine Thierry Mortet
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This went down a storm at last year's NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge and it's still drinking beautifully. Thierry's 2011 is an unapologetically 'easy' Gevrey with succulent cassis fruit and an undercurrent of woodland savour. The tannins have now melted together to give this a gorgeously supple frame. This is very hard not to love and would be perfect with mushroom risotto, game or rack of lamb. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 92-92 L&S (Jul 2018)
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Harmonious sweetness, classic pure style. Cassis, good body and succulence. Easy weight. Just enough tautness. Black fruit and frank directness. Piedmontese tannins again on the finish.L&S(Jan 2013)
Red-pepper notes and pure fruit flavour without too much rigid tannin. Solid stuff but definitely needs food! Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2018)
Domaine Thierry Mortet
Thierry continues to be praised in the French press without ever quite seeming to crack the influential American journalists. It may be simply because he is a bit short of fancy appellations - one little cuvée of Grand Cru would no doubt do his reputation a lot of good - but might also put his prices up, and these remain very modest. Three or four days of cold maceration are followed by two weeks of fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), then into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur. Certified organic and in biodynamic conversion.
A selection of great drinking from the evocative villages of the Côte de Nuits.
It's going to feel distinctly chilly this weekend so, whether you're donning tweed to take potshots at partridge or simply slumbering on the sofa, this is the ideal moment to indulge in a bottle of good red Burgundy. We are particularly enjoying the 2011 vintage at the moment. There is something about Burgundy at this stage of development, when it's lingering between the fruit and the forest, that makes it particularly captivating. The obvious thing to do is pair it with juicy game but the wines in this selection have the body and tannin to cope with any Sunday lunch. Alternatively, just open a bottle, pour yourself a proper glass, and savour unadulterated. There few more delicious journeys than a bottle of good red Burgundy in its prime.
Here's a handy 'good with grouse' dinner party mixed six. It's chock full of juicy, aromatic Pinot that's guaranteed to impress your guests, even if the bird emerges from the oven a little dark and crispy! We've even plucked £20 off the price and it's free delivery so there's never been a better opportunity to host an autumnal gathering.
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