Corton Clos du Roi - Grand Cru
Like a dash that connects the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, the hill of Corton relies on its perfect contours and provides the only red Grand Crus of the Côte de Beaune. The "Clos du Roi", known as one of the finest of the Crus of Corton, was an ancient holding of the dukes of Burgundy until the death of the last duke, Charles the Bold, in 1477. The vineyard then became the property of the King of France, Louis XI.
This Grand Cru sits mid-slope on the south-east of the hill and enjoys premier quality clay and limestone soils. The Domaine's parcel is exceptionally well-placed, in the heart of the hillside, just above the path that separates "Les Bressandes" from "Clos du Roi".
Corton "Clos du Roi" is a Grand Cru in and of itself. It has the material, the complexity, the touch and the profoundness required. It is remarkable to find in the wine its geographical positioning, borrowing as much from the Côte de Nuits (complex aromatics and superior tannin quality) as from the Côte de Beaune (freshness, vibrancy and firmness of material).
The wines, the style
Domaine de Montille is known to craft wines with great aromatic 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 Burgundy, 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.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.