Classic Monthelie is noted for its slightly lesser quality and more affordable price than its more prominent Volnay neighbor in Burgundy's Cote de Beaune. The fourth-generation Paul Garaudet estate, producer of this Monthelie, is planted almost exclusively with pinot noir. Following harvest, indigenous yeasts are added to the grapes for vinification in large vats for three weeks, then is transfered to French oak casks (one-third new oak) for 12-18 months. A beautiful expression of its terroir, this well-balanced, traditional Burgundy offers aromas of dried cherry, blackberry and mushrooms and lush flavors of tart cherry and raspberry, earthy undertones and pleasant spice notes, finishing with lively acidity and smooth tannins. Open 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with tuna, salmon, duck, coq au vin, roasted pork, grilled steak and shiitake risotto. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market, The Wine Seller, Cork & Bottle, Keife & Co., Faubourg Wines and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Galatoire's Restaurant, Boucherie, Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant, Stella!, MiLa, Grille by the Hill and Loa.