Domaine François Mikulski
Bourgogne Côte d’Or
Regional Red 750 ml
Tasted: Apr 10, 2020
Producer note: François Mikulski noted that 2018 “gave us pretty good but not really high quantities as we brought in less than we did in 2017 in red though a bit more in white. However, in no case did we make the maximum that we were entitled to. We picked from the 28th of August and the fruit was basically as clean as it could realistically be, so we did almost no sorting save for the odd bug or leaf. I vinified the reds with care as the skins were relatively thick so it would have been easy to extract a lot of tannin and potentially even too much. Even with the light vinification the wines are dense and could well resemble 2005 in terms of aging potential. With that said, the tannins seem to be a bit more pliant then those of 2005 so the reds should be approachable sooner.” Mikulski noted that the reds, except for the Monthélie, were bottled in January 2020. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France; M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA/RI/NH, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Terroir Imports, www.terroirimports.net, CO, Little Guy Wine, www.littleguywine.com, MI, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Elite Wines Imports, VA & DC, 703.339.8150, and Skurnik Wines, www.skurnik.com, NY, all USA; Enotria Wine Cellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, Bordeaux Index, www.bordeauxindex.com, both UK; L’Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/China).
Tasting note: A ripe, fruity and subtly earthy nose leads to round, delicious and reasonably voluminous flavors that terminate in a dusty and slightly rustic finale. This is well-made, frank and direct and a wine that should drink well shortly after release.