In a nutshell: Great young and fruity red Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune village of Monthelie.
The lowdown: Franck Lamargue is an exciting winemaker producing a small number of wines from some of the less famous villages of the southern Côte de Beaune. The small appellation of Monthelie has a long wine making history and is bordered by Volnay to the east, Meusault to the south and Auxey-Duresses to the west. This wine comes from the lieu-dit vineyard of Les Gamets in the south-west corner of the appellation bordering Auxey-Duresses. This is really pretty and enjoyable wine with a bright, perfumed nose of violets and ripe red fruits that lead onto a soft and juicy palate with those pure, fresh strawberry and red cherry flavours coming through joined by a bit of grip from the tannin and spice, and balanced acidity.
When to drink: Drinking well now though 2018 was a very good year and wine from this vintage have a capacity to age. Try with roast lamb, duck, mushroom based dishes, or meatier fish like salmon and seared tuna.
Franck has been running his 12 hectare domaine based in the village of La Rochepot, just over the hill from St Aubin in Burgundy's Côte d'Or, since 2005.
The vineyards are worked organically and the vines harvested by hand. A combination of new and old oak is used to vinify a range of generous whites and reds that offer tremendous value for money from some of the lesser-known villages of the southern Côte de Beaune.