Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2014
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Domaine de Montille is a Burgundy producer known for its Pinot Noir from highly regarded vineyards in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The family has an extensive history in Burgundy, and the estate has carried the de Montille name since 1863.
During much of its history it sold grapes to négociants - common practice for vineyard owners in the early 20th Century. The domaine also sold off whole parcels of land, significantly reducing its original holdings.
Hubert de Montille inherited the remaining 2.5 hectares (6 acres) in Volnay and vinified his first vintage in 1947.
In the following decades, he turned the domaine into one of the top red Burgundy producers, gradually accumulating parcels of land in various communes along the Côte d'Or. By 2011, the estate had grown to 20 hectares (50 acres) with 75 percent of its land in Premier or Grand Cru vineyards.
This was more or less doubled by the purchase of Château de Puligny-Montrachet the following year (see below).
Its most sought-after wines come from plots in Corton, Pommard, Vosne Romanée Aux Malconsorts and has grown to include plots of Chardonnay in Puligny-Montrachet's premier cru Le Cailleret vineyard as well. In the 1980s Hubert's son, Étienne, began working at the domaine, followed by his daughter, Alix.
In the mid 1990s, Domaine de Montille began using organic farming practices. It took a turn towards Biodynamics in 2005 and was certified Organic in 2012.
The winery only uses indigenous yeast and generally avoids chaptalization, resulting in wines that are rarely higher than 12 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). The use of new oak is also strictly controlled.
The family also owns the negociant label Maison de Montille. This offers wines from non-estate grown fruit.
Château de Puligny-Montrachet
In 2001 Étienne began overseeing Château de Puligny-Montrachet. He introduced Biodynamic farming and whole-cluster fermentation to make the wines less austere, more silky and more aromatic.
His initial seven year management contract was renewed in 2008, reflecting a rise in quality.
Then in 2012 the Montille family bought the domaine, initially maintaining production under the original title for a few years. From the 2017 vintage, they have been releasing the wines under the Domaine de Montille banner.
The purchase delivered another 20 hectares (49 acres) of vines, with a focus on Chardonnay, located across the Côte de Beaune. Some parcels of Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru were not taken on by the new owners.
The holdings are not especially focussed on Puligny-Montrachet in terms of area. However, they do include small parcels in three Premier Crus and the Grand Crus Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, and Montrachet.
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"This is unusually woody for what is typical for a de Montille wine with its menthol and toast elements that frame the slightly riper aromas of plum, dark currant, earth and violet scents. Otherwise there is a beguiling texture to the lightly stony and well-detailed flavors that possess a mouth coating finish that displays a touch of rusticity. The supporting tannins are slightly riper as there is a touch of asperity but no dryness."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Cote de Beaune
A key wine-producing subregion in Burgundy producing internationally renowned red and white wines, France’s Côte de Beaune spans 20 kilometres from north to south. The area takes its name from the town of Beaune – an important wine centre for Burgundy. Here, the significant villages and their Grands Crus are Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet. Each of these villages, except for Pommard and Volnay, produce white wine as well as red. Some of Burgundy’s best white wines, as well as some fine reds, are produced in this subregion. The three villages with the best reputation for white wines are Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet.
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About the brand Domaine de Montille
Hubert’s Son, Étienne, Joined The Domaine In 1983, Took Control Of The Cellars In 1990, And By 1995, He Was Co-managing Alongside His Father. It Was That Same Year That The De Montilles Started The Slow Conversion Of The Estate To Organic Farming—a Choice Which Took Their Old-school “terroirisme” To A Whole New Level. In 2005, They Began Implementing Biodynamic Principles, And In 2012, They Earned Their Official Organic Certification.
In 2006, Hubert’s Equally Accomplished Daughter Alix Joined As The Winemaker For Whites. Gifted Businesspeople And Vignerons Like Their Father, Étienne And Alix Ventured Into Parallel Pastures: In 2003, They Also Launched Deux Montilles Sœur & Frère, A Small Négociant, And In 2012, They Bought The Château De Puligny-montrachet Which Étienne Had Been Directing Since 2001.
Throughout Their Tenure, Hubert And His Children Have Worked Hard To Expand The Family Holdings Parcel By Parcel. Thanks To Their Efforts, Domaine De Montille Now Consists Of 20 Hectares Of Land In 20 Appellations—with A Staggering 75% In Premier Cru And Grand Cru Vineyards Throughout The Côte D’or.