A gorgeous mature red Burgundy from this classic address. 1971 is one of my favorite vintages for red Burgundy, and these bottles came straight from Pierre Bouree's cellar, having spent 1/2 a century there. We just had a small amount arrive, but after tasting it, we put in a re-order for what was left. The color is amber orange on edge, moving to a more reddish amber center showing an incredible bouquet of dried red flowers, red cherry, Sous Bois, pungent minerals, game, and underbrush. The mouth is very delicate, but there is still a fantastic core of red fruits, intermingled with some earth and liquid minerals and some impressive persistence on the finish. This is a beautiful bottle for its given level and equates to an incredible value for old red Burgundy. Classic aged Red Burgundy with its textbook cellar musk, this is one to drink within the next two years and is just lovely.
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.