The village of Monthélie, nestled between Volnay and Meursault, is one of the prettiest of the viticultural landscape. It can be spotted at a distance with its beautiful slope covered with vines planted to both red and white.
The wines are vibrant, sweet with red fruit notes and often with a light touch of spice and minerality. For the medium-bodied reds, it is important to extract only noble tannins because the other kind can be overwhelming and hard.
Our two parcels, situated in the lieux dits "Les Plantes » (0.05 hectare) and "En Clous" (0.43 hectare), compliment each other nicely. The first parcel is planted on the edge of a steep hillside looking toward the sunset while sitting on a marly and rocky soil that gives a fine, structured wine. The second benefits from a more profound and clay-heavy soil that brings more flesh and muscle.
Our red Monthélie is an honest wine that translates with great authenticity and simplicity the quality of Burgundian Pinot Noir. Often vinified with whole cluster and aged in barrels – none of which are new, and sulphured very litle, it proudly flies the colors of our Domaine.
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 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.
Tending the Vines
We began organic farming in all of the parcels of the Domaine du Château de Puligny-Montrachet in 2002. Since 2005, biodynamic viticulture has accompanied this practice in our efforts to fully respect these living soils.