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Beaune Premier Cru "Les Sizies"
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Color : Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage : 2009
Surface Area : 1.62 ha
Production : 785 cases (12 x 750 ml)
% Whole Grapes : 33%
Alcohol : 13% VOL

Beaune_1er_Cru_Les_Sizies_web-jpg The appellation
This Beaune Premier Cru "les Sizies" is a bit like a younger child of the family. With the Bourgogne rouge, it allows the discovery of the de Montille touch, the style of the Domaine. This 1.62 hectare parcel of vines planted on rather clay-dominant soils at the foot of the slope offers a generous wine, capable of showing its full potential even at a very young age. It will drink well without requiring much wait but it will surely surprise with age thanks to its assertive character and complexity.

The Estate
The Domaine de Montille was established in Volnay in the mid-18th century. It currently farms 20 hectares of primarily Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the Côtes de Beaune and Nuits. Since 2002, Alix and Etienne de Montille manage the estate and the winemaking, bringing their individual contributions while staying true to the vision of their father, Hubert de Montille.

Vineyard management
Domaine de Montille has never used herbicides and abandoned chemical fertilisers in 1985 when it began using compost. The domaine transitioned to organics in 1995 then to biodynamics in 2005 and will be Ecocert Bio certified in 2012.

The wines, the style
Domaine de Montille is known to craft wines with great aromatique purity, always favoring balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, produced in the most natural way possible and possessing an impressive ability to age, as the family believes only time can reveal the true potential of the greatest wines. The domaine's current style remains faithful to Hubert's natural and idealistic approach, which demanded considerable patience while waiting for appropriate drinking windows for certain vintages. Etienne, however, has taken up the task to bring greater aromatic expression and silkier and more unctuous textures to the reds, allowing them to drink earlier, without compromising their ability to age. The domaine is known in Bugundy, among others such as Arlot, DRC, Dujac and Leroy, to regularly vinify using a significant proportion of whole clusters, varying by cuvée and by vintage.

This Beaune Premier Cru "les Sizies" is a wine of pleasure, generous and fruit-driven.

Tasting

2009 Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies Good medium red. Deeper pitched but less expressive on the nose than the Perrieres, offering black cherry and licorice aromas. Supple and juicy but a wine of only moderate intensity. Finishes slightly tart, with dryish tannins. From vines between 10 and 15 years of age.
87 - Steve Tanzer

2009 Domaine Hubert de Montille - Beaune "Sizies" 1er Cru Red  30% stems
Tasting note: An elegant and ultra-pure nose of essence of pinot fruit, violets and rose petal that is liberally laced with wet stone and attractive spice nuances. The equally pure, refined and generous medium-bodied flavors possess fine balance and length though not the complexity of the best of these Beaune 1ers.
Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 89 - Drink: 2016+
Burghound Issue 42

2009 Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Sizies  This has a very refined bouquet, quite tertiary at first, a little muted before it begins to reluctantly offer redcurrant and cranberry leaf. The palate is well balanced with crisp raspberry and strawberry on the grainy entry, nicely balanced with an understated finish. Not a long-term Beaune, but fine early to mid-term drinking.
Neal Martin


Dom de Montille, Beaune Les Sizies Premier Cru 2009 
Light, pretty and authentic-smelling. Lots of open fruit with an attractive but not funky earthiness. Not too sweet!
87-89 - 16.5 Drink 2015-2024
Jancis Robinson

The 2009 Beaune Les Sizies presents a darker tonality of red fruit. It too, is a juicy, plump wine to drink over the next few years. The Sizies has 33% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. Rating 87  - Maturity Drink: 2012 - 2017
Source Wine Advocate #194 May 2011 - Antonio Galloni