Dominik Mueller

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2020 Château de Durette Régnié "The M Line"

Tasting note

2020 Château de Durette Régnié The M Line

100% Gamay, vinified in 1,000-litre foudres. Clear light ruby red in colour. Quite fragrant on the nose with a clean bouquet of red fruits. Red cherries, wild strawberries, red plums. Intensity is medium. No secondary aromas. The alcohol is medium, the tannins are finely integrated. The finish, too, is medium. This is an elegant and fruity Gamay. It was a very good fit for our goose dish. I like it!

Drink from 2023 through 2026.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 14 December 2023.


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/ 20 ("very good")
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Wine details


The third in the trilogy of hot years 2018-20. Obviously, this is also the Covid-19 vintage. The lockdowns and restrictions posed challenges here and there throughout the year, but overall the weather remained the main factor for the vignerons, as always. Wet and mild winter, good for filling up the groundwater table after the previous year's warm and dry summer. Spring frost was a worry in Chablis particularly, but damages were limited. The weather was mostly warm and dry from then on. Flowering got under way relatively early in April and growth was fast. During summer, drought was a constant risk but the dry conditions helped curtail diseases in the vines. Luckily, temperatures didn't reach the extremes seen in 2003 and there were enough cool nights to ensure a certain level of freshness in the wines. Early pickers started harvesting in mid August, though picking got truly under way in late August.

For Pinot Noir, which ripened quickly come harvest time, there was a decision to be made between harvesting early to ensure lower sugar levels at the risk of not reaching perfect phenolic ripeness, and, on the other hand, waiting a few days longer to reach full ripeness but risk more weight and less balance in the red wines. Most established producers got their decisions right, resulting in concentrated but not heavy Pinots. The concentration of aromatics was also helped by the lower yield due to some losses throughout the hot growth season.

For the white wines, the quality is almost uniformly very good. The yield was high in volume. The Chardonnays tend to be structured with good freshness and aromatics. The higher qualities should be good for cellaring some years.

Style:still (dry)
Grape variety: Gamay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château de Durette
Appellation: Régnié AOC
Vineyard: n/a
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