I always enjoy the Montpeyroux open cellars day but once again, sadly, the weather was not too good, and really not conducive to open air tasting. And we also had to take a friend to the airport, so our visit was quite short and focused on a few favourites. I don’t think that there were any new estates this year.
A brief hallo to Jo and André at Villa Dondona. Jo was enthusing about the ageability of her whites, and showing 2012 Espérel, with some leafy honeyed fruit on the nose, and more herbal notes on the palate, with a good balance of acidity. And the 2010 Espérel has evolved beautifully, proving Jo’s point, with dry herbal notes on the nose, and rounded leafy honeyed fruit on the palate. It had developed a lovely depth after a couple of years more bottle age.
And her 2010 Montpeyroux was rich and satisfying, with some oak on the nose and some wonderfully rounded ripe black fruit and tapenade on the palate, with balancing freshness of acidity on the finish. Another lovely glass of wine.