2008 Deux Montille Soeur-Frère Auxey-Duresses (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1083787 88 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Mild reduction - decant. Otherwise, the supple, intense and round flavors are quite fresh and lively, offering a textured and sappy mouth feel and fine length. A solid villages and worth a look, especially for value.  (6/2010)

88 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 a blend of two sites, as the Macabree had some oidium and went into this wine) Pale yellow-green. Cool, dusty nose shows a peppery nuance. Citric and incisive but a bit hard and lacking in generosity. This slightly metallic wine needs to be served with food-or, better yet, held for a couple years. Finishes with a hint of green apple. This also has low alcohol and a very low pH.  (9/2010)

K&L Notes

Do you like the Meursault from Les Luchets that Jean-Marc Roulot makes? Let me tell you about something I find rather reminiscent of it. It is made by his wife, Alix de Montille and comes from the adjacent vineyards called La Macabée and La Canée, located just across the line in the lesser-known appellation of Auxey Duresses. This is a rich, smoky, concentrated wine with nice minerality and crispness. Thanks to a special purchase, we have a terrific price, but supplies will not last. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 11/12).

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.