We were able to taste a bottle of this out of a client's cellar a while back, and it was an impressive, mature Red Burgundy with classic nuances that these Pinot's tend to pick up with time. We ended up sourcing some ex-cellar stock directly from Bouree at friendly pricing, and the bottles look excellent. Pierre Bouree has been the source of some beautiful and reasonably priced back vintage gems over the years, with us able to taste back to the '69 vintage. They tend to hold a lot of stock back like producers like Ampeau, tasting and releasing them in batches.
1971 was an excellent, fairly classic vintage making for some elegant red wines, and while most of the stars came from the Cote de Nuits, this is a perfect example from the Cote de Beaune that hasn't moved from the Bouree cellar in decades.
Monthelie is a small village on the border of Volnay that mainly draws attention from essential and highly regarded producers like Roulot, Coch-Dury, and Lafon, who each bottle a Monthélie Rouge. However, even the current releases from these producers can get pricey, let alone ones with age. To find a 1971 Burgundy that is still in excellent condition and drinking well for under $200 is rare, and these should be even better than the bottle we tried, and as it stands, this is one of the best buys for Burgundy with over 50 years of age on it in today's market. Currently, these are the only bottles available in the world, and those looking for their aged red Burgundy fix should enjoy the 1971 Monthélie from Pierre Bouree.