Burgundy 2018 – Mi–O

Cataldina Lippo and Vincent Monfort

For the rest of these alphabetically grouped tasting articles, and more general articles on Burgundy 2018, see our guide. Pictured right are Cataldina Lippo, winemaker at Domaine Monthelie-Douhairet-Porcheret, with her Belgian husband Vincent Monfort.

The wines are grouped alphabetically by producer (sur)name and within those groups are ordered whites before reds, ascending from generic through village, premiers and grands crus. You can change the order as you prefer using the menu below.

Domaine Michelot (Meursault)

Dom Michelot 2018 Meursault

Good intensity of fruit as well as freshness and balance. Very successful with an undertow of richness and spice. Rather a welcome counterpoint to the austerity of some Meursaults today. Quite long for a village wine.

Drink
2022
2032
£160 per case of 6 ib Davy's Wine Merchants
16.5

Dom Michelot, Charmes Premier Cru 2018 Meursault

Very nervy nose. Juicy and tense. Racy but with sufficient undertow of ripe fruit. Very successful. Should age well but is already broachable. Great balance.

 

Drink
2020
2030
£295 per case of 6 ib Davy's Wine Merchants
17 +
 

Domaine François Mikulski (Meursault)

Dom François Mikulski 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

A touch of almost tropical fruit with an aromatic, basil-like herbal lift. Almond and baking spice, with crisp, yellow apple and more bittersweet aromatic herbs through the finish. Decent weight and length. GV (TJ)

Drink
2020
2024
£79 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
16

Dom François Mikulski 2018 Meursault

Almond and a touch of dried dill. Crisp, flinty and chewy, with a notably spicy finish. A little tight now, though with the length to mature nicely. (TJ)

Drink
2024
2030
£240 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
16.5 +

Dom François Mikulski, Porusot Premier Cru 2018 Meursault

Apple and hazelnut, spice and stones. Feels a little spiky and disjointed at the moment, like a gawky teenager. Should come together in a few years. Pretty long. (TJ)

Drink
2026
2032
£380 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
16.5 ++

Dom François Mikulski, Charmes Premier Cru 2018 Meursault

Baking spice and oatmeal, linear, precise citrus acidity, with a core of stony minerality that drives through the mid palate, to the long, long, spicy finish. Lots of tension. (TJ)

Drink
2028
2040
£380 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
17.5 +

Dom François Mikulski, Santenots du Milieu Premier Cru 2018 Volnay

Bottled. Ripe, scented strawberry and fine cinnamon spice. Fluid, spiced red cherry, with a flinty core and quite fine tannins that build through the long finish. I'd like to see this again in five years to check on progress! (TJ)

Drink
2025
2040
£299 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
16.5 ++

Millemann Wine

Millemann Wine, Grand Cru 2018 Corton-Charlemagne

Made by consultant oenologist Pierre Millemann as part of a new family venture in which a proportion of each bottle sale goes to charity. Racked to tank a week ago from one new 500-litre barrel.
Riper on the nose than the 2017 with less reductive character. Pure citrus, still incredibly salty like the 2017 but a little less tension. Firm, chewy and still fresh. Not as complex as the 2017 but more generous. Long, too. (JH)

Drink
2025
2035
17

Millemann Wine, Grand Cru 2018 Chambertin

100% new oak. Same parcel as for 2017. 70–80% whole bunch. Picked early September. Barrel sample.
A little darker fruited and less expressive on the nose than the 2017 just tasted. But on the palate, still has a mineral line as well as slightly riper and darker fruit, the tannins a little softer but the freshness still excellent. This has both elegance and length. A lovely wine, showing just a slightly dry texture, perhaps the stems, but lifted and scented on the palate. (JH)

Drink
2025
2035
17.5

Millemann Wine, Grand Cru 2018 Corton-Les Renardes

50-year-old vines. Barrel sample from the one barrel produced. 100% new oak.
Floral notes (peony?) as well as tangy red fruit. Quite marked by the stems (80%). Delicate, finely textured, not as persistent as the Charmbertin 2018 just tasted. A sweet spice like cinnamon on the palate. Unusual. A bit slight but elegant nevertheless. (JH)

Drink
2022
2028
17

Millemann Wine, Grand Cru 2018 Bonnes Mares

Barrel sample from the single barrel produced.
So different from the Corton-Les Renardes just tasted, riper and darker fruited. Black cherry, much more obviously 2018 in style. Slightly stewed fruit though the chalky tannins add freshness on the palate. Generous in fruit and dry in texture. Hard to judge this one at the moment. (JH)

Drink
2023
2029
16.5

Domaine Jean-Marc Millot (Nuits-St-Georges)

Dom Jean-Marc Millot, Vieilles Vignes 2018 Côte de Nuits-Villages

Bottled. Classic, fragrant, dark and lightly peppery fruit. Tastes dry in a stemmy sort of way on the palate, paper-fine texture, almost chalky but there’s an elegance here even though there is a slight lack of flesh in the middle. (JH)

Drink
2022
2026
£140 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
15.5

Dom Jean-Marc Millot 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune

Some reduction obscures the earthy, spicy, savoury nose. Chunky, rustic tannins. Something a little leathery that could be brett, too? Lacking grace. (TJ)

Drink
2026
2030
£240 per case of 12 ib Handford Wines
15

Dom Jean-Marc Millot 2018 Vosne-Romanée

The contrast with Aux Faulques, tasted alongside, could not be greater: this is elegance personified, with a floral, plum and clove nose, juicy acidity and relatively delicate tannins. Fair length. (TJ)

Drink
2021
2028
£330 per case of 6 ib Lay & Wheeler
16

Dom Jean-Marc Millot 2018 Vosne-Romanée

Mid crimson. Riper and darker than the Côte de Nuits-Villages. Richer on the palate too. Sweet and dark fruit with a firm but appropriate structure. It’s not really juicy but it is nicely fresh on the finish. (JH)

Drink
2023
2028
£320 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16

Dom Jean-Marc Millot, Grand Cru 2018 Clos de Vougeot

Precise nose of ripe blackberries and crushed rock, with a fudgy oak note. Robust, chalky tannins punch through the fair density of black-cherry fruit. Long, earthy-spicy finish, but this is more rustic than I would like from a grand cru. Very backward and will need a lot of cellar time. (TJ)

Drink
2035
2050
£765 per case of 6 ib Handford Wines
16.5 ++

Dom Jean-Marc Millot, Grand Cru 2018 Échezeaux

Lots of oak showing on the nose, a full style with plenty of flesh and weight. Lacking some freshness as it is all oak and chewy tannins at the moment. (AC)

Drink
2024
2034
£450 per case of 3 ib Armit Wines
16

Dom Jean-Marc Millot, Grand Cru 2018 Échezeaux

Nutty oak, earthy mineral notes, black fruit; quite broad and unfocused. Decent depth of flavour and pretty long, with quite fine tannins, but overall doesn’t really live up to its grand cru tag. (TJ)

Drink
2024
2030
£810 per case of 6 ib Lay & Wheeler
16.5

Domaine de Moirots (Bissey-sous-Cruchard)

Dom des Moirots 2018 Givry

Deep purplish crimson. Rich and dark and lightly oaky on the nose with inviting but not excessive fruit sweetness and plenty of spice. Chewy/chalky tannins, smooth and compact. Not sure I would have identified this as Pinot but it is a well-balanced and full-flavoured wine. GV (JH)

Drink
2022
2028
£69 per case of 6 ib Howard Ripley
16

Dom des Moirots, A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2018 Givry

Deep purplish crimson. More subtle and scented than the village Givry, a touch more floral, but still rich in dark, spicy fruit and sweet oak spice aromas. Chewy but smoother than the village wine. Rich, full and velvety. GV (JH)

Drink
2021
2028
£105 per case of 6 ib Howard Ripley
16.5

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret (Vosne-Romanée)

Dom Mongeard-Mugneret, La Croix 2018 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits

Hefty tannic fur on the palate, with simple bitter-cherry fruit and a touch of leafiness on the length. Fairly straightforward, with bitterness that lingers beyond the fruit. (RH)

Drink
2022
2026
£TBC imported by Liberty Wines
15.5

Dom Mongeard-Mugneret 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune

Overripe, mushy fruit that evokes the Yarra or Central Coast in its generosity. Fine, balanced tannins, refreshing acidity and subtle herbal character on the finish. (RH)

Drink
2022
2028
£TBC imported by Liberty Wines
16.5 +

Dom Mongeard-Mugneret, Les Plateaux 2018 Nuits-St-Georges

Sweet oak spice and a gobful of mouth-filling, ripe black-cherry fruit. Firmly tannic but not unapproachable thanks to refreshing acidity and that upfront primary fruit. Precocious and impressive. (RH)

Drink
2022
2032
£TBC imported by Liberty Wines
17.5

Dom Mongeard-Mugneret, En Orveaux Premier Cru 2018 Vosne-Romanée

Ripeness that verges on jammy on the nose, although the palate is more savoury in nature. Excellent fruit power, although not quite as rich as their Nuits-St-Georges, which is perhaps apposite for the appellation. (RH)

Drink
2022
2035
£TBC imported by Liberty Wines
17 +

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