Domaine des Monts Luisants 'Les Monts Luisants' Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Pinot Noir 2010
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Domaine des Monts Luisants Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants 2010
Unit Size: 50.00 ml
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Cote de Nuits
Alcohol Content: 13.00%
SPECIAL DESIGNAION: Cellar Selection!
This is a micro production Premier Cru Morey St. Denis from the famed Monts Luisants Vineyard. 2010 is an exceptional vintage and this is a big and precocious wine that deserves cellar aging. 2010 is my favorite Cote de Nuits vintage since 2005 and well-made wines from this vintage are in high demand. Prices for 2010 1er Cru reds are astronomical as it is a stellar but tiny vintage and it was followed by two tiny crops in 2011 and 2012. The hallmark of the 10 Premier Crus from the Morey St. Denis appellation is the particularly great depth of concentration with ripe and silky fruit. Proprietor Jean Marc Dufouleur produces just several hundred cases of this wine from this distinctive and famed appellation. I sampled this wine three times in the past year including the fall of 2012 and the spring and summer of 2013. Both proprietor Jean-Marc Dufouleur and I were amazed how the wine has evolved over the past year developing depth of complexity with a nice taste profile. In 2010, Dufouleur waited until mid-October and was the last to harvest in the village, and this paid dividends with more ripe fruit. A deep ruby red hue with purple highlights. Rich concentrated aromas of dark plums, black cherries and violets with touches of mocha, and blackberries. Layers upon layers of complex flavors with packed dark red and black fruit with touches of currants, blueberries, dark cherries and a spice box. A well-structured wine with a long and pleasant finish. Cellar aging is highly recommended. Pair with Filet Mignon, roast squab, roast duck in a peppercorn sauce, veal chops and Bresse chicken with a dark brown gravy. Best enjoyed 2015 to 2025.
From The Winery
The wine has excellent length and promises great age worthiness, with the fruit and tannins already combining harmoniously to produce a dramatic big wine. This is arguably one of his most concentrated vintages since 1978. The late Bernard Dufouleur built up the current estate of Domaine des Mont Luisants in the mid-sixties by purchasing top vineyards. The end result is a homogenous estate comprising: 3.4 hectares of four appellations of east facing mid-slope vineyards in the very heart of Morey St Denis' very best terroir for Pinot Noir, including the Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants, Morey St Denis les Genevrieres, and Clos de la Roche. The wines have been estate bottled since 2000, in the very capable hands and scrupulous oversight of Jean-Marc Dufouleur, with the goal of becoming one of the benchmark red wines of the Cote de Nuits. The estate's vineyards are farmed sustainably with limited human intervention, and harvested manually in as short a timeframe as possible. Vinification is slow and cold, with only a gentle pressing, restrained new oak ageing, traditional racking, blending three months before bottling without fining, and slight filtration. The 2010 1er cru Monts Luisants comes from the Morey St Denis appellation, which is the smallest appellation in the Cotes de Nuits, apart from Vougeot, and which also boasts the highest proportion of 1er and Grand crus. The soil is very rocky and is primarily clay and limestone based. The vines were planted in 1970. This wine is elegant and well balanced. Aged 14 months in one-third new oak, allowing just the right level of oak flavors to counterbalance the tannins and concentrated layered Pinot Noir flavors. The wine offers great ageing potential. The wine shows freshness and clearly defined Pinot Noir aromatics and a multitude of floral and mineral overtones, but is also quite 'feminine', perhaps due to its close proximity to the vineyards of Chambolle Musigny and in keeping with the style of wine that this vineyard usually exhibits. Mr. Dufouleur recommends pairing this very serious 1er cru with most red meats, grilled or in rich sauces and believes it will stand up to many powerful cheeses!
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.