Aside from a couple of outliers, the top mark awarded in the Red Burgundy category was 93, and we're proud to have achieved that score with our Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2020.
Anna-Christina Cabrales, Wine Enthusiast's Tasting Director and Editor for Burgundy and Rhône, personally judged all three wines. On our top scoring Monopole, she noted "aromas of ripe red cherries, cassis and blackberries mingle with wild thyme, freshly tossed dry earth and black peppercorn in the glass. The palate is rustic with a concentration of blackberry and boysenberry, pomegranate and fresh rose. Tannins add texture that are balanced by mouth-watering acidity. This wine still shows some austerity and should be cellared through 2030+."
Just behind the Monopole came the 2020 Clos Marey-Monge Grands Esprits with a hugely impressive 92.
"Fresh pomegranate and rhubarb welcome the nose, followed by aromas of Gala apple, rosehip and fresh potting soil. The palate is textured yet rustic, with gentle yet persistent tannins, balanced by good acidity. Flavors of black and red cherries are accompanied by notes of rosehip and clove that lead to a light black-tea leaf finish. Cellar through 2030+."
Our third and final representative in the Wine Enthusiast Best of Year buying guide is the 2020 Clos Marey-Monge Micault. This scored a very respectable 90.
"Aromas of fresh blackberries and newly plucked thyme are tossed in aromas of dried soil, mint and salt. The palate is pristine, with flavors of red cherry balanced by cooked rhubarb and blackberries. It is linear, with brisk acidity and fine tannins that coat the front palate."
We love being up in the top bracket of what our extraordinary region has to offer, and we're always delighted to be reviewed by people as dedicated to wine appreciation as the team at Wine Enthusiast. We're looking forward to more reviews in 2024.
But while we wait for the winemaking team to get the latest samples together for critical release, here's a quick archive delve to remind you of some older vintages that have hit the heights in the past, and that are still available for you to experience.
Two past vintages that both achieved a whopping 96 points from Wine Enthusiast are the 2017 Monopole:
"First whiff is graphite and calf leather. The palate immediately strikes with an exquisitely fine texture that sits between creaminess and silk. Very fine tannins show a creamy unity, inflected with a hint of chocolate. Freshness, concentration and exquisite texture."
And the 2018 Monopole:
"Power and freshness collide in this voluptuous, sun-drenched Pinot Noir sourced from a blend of plots in Clos Marey-Monge, a walled monopole located at the base of the Pommard slope. It offers intensely rich, pulsating blackberry and blueberry flavors lifted by streaks of char, smoke and cut stone. With a bristling acidic edge and fine-grained but densely packed tannins, the wine should improve and gain further perfume and nuance from 2024–2038."
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