Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret, Cuvée Miss Armande, Monthélie Rouge, Burgundy, France, 2018Regular price £30.50
A lively, exciting example of red Burgundy. The nose is packed full of red and black fruits, with hints of sweet liquorice. Left in the glass for a while, it becomes jammy, gingerbready and seductive. On the palate the tannins are present, but elegant and carried on a nice acidity.
The domaine’s modern reputation is due to Mademoiselle Armande Douhairet, the doyenne of the village who took it over during WW2 and lived to the ripe old age of 98 (which she put down to her daily routine of a glass of Monthelie Blanc at lunchtime and bottle of Volnay 1er Cru ‘Champans’ with dinner). Despite her popularity, ‘Miss Armande’ was a childless spinster, so she adopted respected vigneron André Porcheret as consultant winemaker, who inherited the domaine when she died.