" Les Rugiens-Bas" 1er Cru de Pommard
The appelation "Les Rugiens" is special. It is composed of two parts: "Les Rugiens Hauts" and "Les Rugiens-Bas". The bottom and best part, "Les Rugiens-Bas", produces exceptional quality. It is a Premier Cru that has the touch and the wherewithall of a Grand Cru.
Composed of 5.83 hectares, it takes its name from its red-colored clay that contains iron oxide. Domaine de Montille is the largest owner of "Les Rugiens-Bas" with two parcels that together have a surface area of 1.02 hectares.
Amongst other factors, the quality of the clay and the presence of iron gives to this cru an incomparable power and a distinctiveness in the Côte de Beaune. Powerful, elegant and complete, this wine expresses an additional dimension between all of its components, including complexity, profoundness and longevity.
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.