Monday, February 5, 2024

LeDomduVin: Perrot-Minot and Palmer served over the weekend

Perrot-Minot and Palmer served over the weekend

Perrot-Minot Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru "La Richemone" Vignes Centenaires Cuvée Ultra 2018

Christophe Perrot-Minot is a talented winemaker, and all his wines are excellent. He really deserves the praise he has received over the past two decades. My favorite is the "La Richemone" Vignes Centenaires Cuvée Ultra.

Just over a year ago, I secured a little more than 12 bottles of the very sought-after vintage 2018, which is quite impressive knowing that only 2531 bottles were produced, and it is highly coveted by connoisseurs.

The reason why is that Christophe owns about 1.9 hectares of “La Richemone,” but only 0.9 hectares of his oldest vines, planted in 1902, go into the “Cuvée Ultra.” Basically, less than 10 barrels were produced in 2018. And the resulting wine is gorgeous.

Intense color for a pinot noir. The attractive nose presents incentive aromas of fresh and ripe dark and red berries and cherries, mingling with mineral, floral, spicy, and earthy notes. The palate combines freshness and brightness with complexity and richness. A little subdued at first, it gained weight and intensity after about 1 hour and a half of opening in the bottle (no decanting). Fermented with 60% whole bunches and aged in 20% new wood, it is balanced and focused, with racy acidity, and structured with fine-grained tannins, framing and elevating the fruit from beginning to end. A delicious wine! Love it.

Chateau Palmer Margaux 2009

I am a big fan of Palmer wines and consistently recommend and serve them whenever possible. The 2009 vintage is an exceptional wine that combines richness, complexity, ripeness, weight, and balance. It has a heavily textured and structured profile, with a dark, ripe, dense, generous, and ample character that is larger than your usual Palmer wine. It is concentrated and has tannins that need some time to mellow down. Even after 2 hours of decantation, it still had a fiery profile, with a lot of strength and attitude. Although it is drinkable and enjoyable now, it is still very young and will benefit from a few more years of aging in the cellar. It is a surprisingly big wine that packs a punch for a Margaux. Love it! 

Cheers! Santé!


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