2020 Domaine de Villaine Mercurey Rouge 'Les Montots'
**Prearrival- arriving this week!**
Highly allocated! Personal domaine of Aubert de Villaine - proprietor and director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti! This is still an "under-the-radar" estate and a crazy bargain for the quality and pedigree of this wine! The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards.
94 points, Decanter. "The domaine produces this inky, dark, super-ripe villages Mercurey from rented south-facing parcels not far from the premier cru zone in clay soils with high iron content. There is a short week of maceration before the fermentation, with a large proportion of whole clusters before ageing in large casks. The result has a rich cassis fruit, with a bit of spice and a firm, tannic texture with impressive balance and length. Drinking Window: 2023-2030."