David Dubuet (Monthelie)

Young, twenty-something David Dubuet veered onto our radar with his 2004 vintage and we have been following this boyish, rising star ever since. Less well-known than its immediate neighbours, Volnay and Meursault, Monthelie can offer refined, rarely-seen whites and pure high-toned Cote de Beaune Pinot. The winery has been in the family for longer than David or even his Dad can remember. Best guess, two centuries. The Domaine has just 6 hectares, which is still plenty to keep the family busy. In between caring for their new baby, David’s wife Aurelie still works at her parents’ hotel/restaurant, the Hotel du Centre in Meursault.

He makes Monthelie in both white and red, Meursault, Bourgogne Rouge, Beaune “les Epenottes” from close to Pommard border and Monthelie 1er Cru “Champs Fulliot”. Brand new, from the 2010 vintage is lovely, pure Auxey-Duresses. The Monthelie Rouge comes from 4 parcels of 30 year-old vines around the village. Always easy to like. Pure, bright, pristine, high-toned Pinot fruit, supple tannins, intense and concentrated. A cavalcade of summer fruits, strawberries and cherries to lift the chill.