Great to be back at Domaine Jean-Marc Millot with Alix Millot taking a stronger and more prominent role at the estate – and clearly getting the room and freedom to make changes and improvements.
The 2017s here are as expected lovely and brimming with pinot pleasure … a notch up in quality and definition, given the vintage, and keeping the fine and delicate style of the estate intact.
A new wine is possibly in the pipeline – and will presumably be on the menu for the 2017 bottling – a new and extra cuvée of Echezeaux … the Echezeaux du Dessus – a special cuvée from the core of Echezeaux – more about this cuvée below.
From strength to strength
I have been impressed by the steady progress of Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, and the new energy Alix has brought to the estate in recent years …
The style with wines driven by pure pinot fruit, very elegant and transparent thus expressing the terroirs beautifully – is intact and strengthened.
The 2017s are nevertheless a tad lighter than the intense and concentrated 2015s and 2016s – yet not more than a welcomed variation of the vintages. Make no mistake – 2015 and 2016 are the bigger vintages though.
The 2017s here are enjoyable and vivid – offering what I’m looking for in a wine from Millot — i.e. pleasure, refinement and elegance.
While the 2016s and 2015s were vintages of considerable concentration, the 2017s offer more generous yields but perhaps even so energy wise. They will no doubt offer lovely drinking – and are therfore also highly recommended. Wines of hedonistic pleasure and enjoyment – Wines of plenty ..
Tasting notes for the 2017s from Jean- Marc Millot
All the wines showed well and it was great to find much more wine in the cellar in this vintage – around 30% higher yields than in the 2016 vintage – and even more in the top end.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Bourgogne Rouge 2017
The Bourgogne rouge is showing delightful drinkability – less serious perhaps than the 2016s – and with a forward and joyful fruit. This is a wine of pleasure and purity … a pinot delight.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Savigny- Les-Beaune 2017
The Savigny is more spicy and with a vivid energy – drinking very well indeed. Enjoyable depth and length for this level .. fine vivid character.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Côte de Nuits Village “Aux Faulues” 2017
One of my favourites wines of Domaine Jean-Marc Millot representing tremendous value – the CdNV Aux Faulques from a terroir located in the center of Comblanchien – read more about the terroir . The 2017 vintage is lighter and more airy than the two previous vintages – and represent more easy drinking and more imminent pleasure. The two previous vintages could well be the bigger wines … but this is giving me as much pleasure in the short run – CHEERS
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Vosne- Romanée 2017
The Vosne-Romanée is also showing the drinkable and expressive side – lovely ripeness and freshness. Love the generous sweet berries and the detailed fruit .. airy and spicy .. with plenty of Vosne pleasure and refinement. More lightfooted than the 2015, and more forward than the slightly more serious 2016. This is cheerful .. or even cheersful!
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Vosne- Romanée Les Suchots 2017
The Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots struggle a bit to match the intensity of the two previous vintages – that being said nothing is missing – and the vivid energy of this vintages does make up for the slightly lower density. An airy and elegant Les Suchots in the making – plenty of charm and energy.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Clos de Vougeot 2017
I think Domaine Jean-Marc Millot often brings forward the best in Clos de Vougeot – i.e. the refinement and the mineral elegance found in the top and perhaps the best part of the vinyard just below Grands Echezeaux. This is also the case with the 2017s Clos de Vougout – lovely lightness and drinkability – airy and elegant – 30% new oak giving a lovely balance and presence in the wine. Very well done!
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Echezeaux Classic 2017
This is a slightly light-footed Echezeaux – but still offers a lovely intensity and filigree minerality. Made from plots in Poulaillères, Ecehzeaux du Dessus and Clos St. Denis. This is an elegant and floral Echezeaux – filigree and elegant – with a lovely mineral drive and energy. Directly compared with the special cuvée from Echezeaux du Dessus – this a lacking a bit of depth and intensity – but tasted alone this is a fine Echezeaux in it’s own right.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Ecehzeaux du Dessus 2017
The Echezeaux du Dessus is clearly a step up in both length, depth and complexity … older wines and a bigger terroir at play here. This is a serious challenger to the Grands Echezeaux, perhaps even more intense and concentrated – but perhaps lacking a bit of the effortless airy feel found in the Grands Echezeaux. Different yet evenly matched – and clearly one of the top end Echezeaux’s produced in this vintage. Hope to see this bottled separately.
Domaine Jean-Marc Millot, Grands Echezeaux 2017
The Grands Echezeaux is quite evenly matched by the Echezeaux du Dessus … although one sense the airy greatness of Grands Ecehzeaux as the superior terroir – although the Ecehzeaux du Dessus offer tremendous weight and depth. In the end they are extremely close .. and one would love to have both in the cellar. A lovely wine .. offering all the charm the 2017 vintage can muster.Fonte: Steen Öhman - Winehog