As with all good stories, this one takes us on a journey through time. The past, its roots; the present, the new generation; evolution, not revolution… An erudite blend, balanced between tradition and modernity…we dare say it is the continuity of change..
The family’s origins can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century at Créancey in the Auxois region, with the Lords of Commeau. Then comes the 18th century. ‘The domaine pre-dates the revolution; it was created in the 1750s,’ states Hubert de Montille. It was re-named de Montille after the union of Marie Eléonore Chauvelot de Chevannes and Étienne Joseph Marie Léonce Bizouard de Montille, the grandfather of Hubert, on April 9, 1863. ‘Montille’ as he was known at the time, divided his time between the domaines in Volnay and Créancey and the Société des Agriculteurs de France, of which he was one of the founders.
A need to reconstruct
The domaine sat on a veritable treasure, which at the time, was not recognised for its inherent value. Musigny, Bonnes Mares, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘les Amoureuses’…in total, 12 hectares of magnificent terroir, planted with Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Though today these parcels make wine lovers (and winemakers) swoon, they were sold off as and when the family’s financial situation dictated. ‘At the time,’ notes Étienne de Montille, ‘it was more common to sell vines than fields, as fields were more profitable.’ Little by little, the ancestors chipped away at the domaine. In Burgundy, there is a saying: it only takes one generation to undo the work of many…. When Hubert decided to stop this erosion, the family domaine had been reduced to its smallest size of barely 3 hectares, composed of various parcels of Volnay 1er Cru.