Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2020
To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth, and complexity for a great price.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The heart of the domaine. Clear bright crimson purple, the fruit wins over the oak here though here Very linear every year and I can certainly see the backbone. Damien notes that this vineyard always gets dark cherry fruit, cherry stones even, with never a false note. Excellent finish, I must agree.
Bordering the most famous villages of the Côte de Nuits are the vineyards captured by the Côte de Nuits Villages name, which are essentially the vineyards within the commune appellation status. Wines from Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin may be sold as Côte de Nuits-Villages. Typically these are red wines but whites can also hold the name.
Reds, exclusively of Pinot Noir, veer towards an intense garnet hue with characteristics of cherry, gooseberry or blackcurrant with notes of underbrush, wet earth and baking spices. Whites, made from Chardonnay, are fragrant, lively and fresh on the palate with apple, pear, fig or quince flavors.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”