Introduction : So who is hiding behind the Domaine René Monnier ? a French client visiting England couldn’t believe seeing this label on my wine stand. Indeed, since 2005 Xavier Monnot distributes the wines under his name in France but as Domaine René Monnier in the UK, the name of his grandfather.
Founded in 1723, the domain is now in the hands of the tenth generation, with all the wines being skilfully made by Xavier Monnot.Domaine René Monnier is a leading and sought-after producer situated in the heart of Meursault. With over 18 hectares of vineyard in the most prestigious crus of the Côte de Beaune, the Domaine is one of the largest privately owned domains in the region.
Domaine René Monnier’s white wines are fresh and stylish avoiding an excessive use of oak, while the reds are the epitome of fine burgundy demonstrating the balanced, silky style of this house.
Region : Burgundy
Appellation : Pommard
Grape Variety : 100% Pinot Noir
Colour : Red
Agricultural practices : Sustainable wine
ABV : 13%
Winemaking : The grapes were meticulously sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit was vinified. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was transferred into French oak casks, of which 25% were new, with bâtonnage of the fine lees adding complexity and texture until the completion of malolactic conversion. Racked after 10 months in barrel, the wine was gently fined and filtered prior to being estate bottled by gravity.
Tasting notes: An attractive dark fruit nose with a slight touch of earthiness, is followed by brighter, brambly red fruit on the palate, underpinned by herbal notes. Concentrated and textured, silky tannins lead to a wonderfully long finish.
Serving temperature : 16-18 °C
Food pairing : Lamb, game, veal, roast poultry