Domaine de Montille
Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves
Color Red
Grape variety pinot noir
Surface area 1,26 ha
Production 3 500
Share of whole harvest 25%
Share of new barrels 25%
Alcohol 13%
The appellation
"Les Grèves" refers to gravelly lands and can be considered as a derivative of "graves", a type of friable rock, fine scree associated with clays. This cru of about 20 hectares, located in the heart of the hillside, is considered the best 1er cru in Beaune. The best part of the plot is in the heart of the AOC. Our plot is located in the southern extension of Maison Bouchard Père et Fils's “Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus”.
The wine and the style
Today's style remains faithful to Hubert's classic and terroir-driven approach, with greater aromatic expression, silkier and more unctuous textures in the reds, allowing them to drink earlier, without compromising their ability to age. The domaine is known in Burgundy for using a significant proportion of whole clusters that varies from one to cuvée to another depending on the plant material and the vintage.
Vine growing
Organic since 1995 and biodynamic since 2005. All our wines are certified by Ecocert.
The vintage
Vintage 2021 had everyone talking very early in the growing season due to the terrible spring frost that hit the region between April 6 and 8, 2021. Temperatures dropped to -8°C (17°F), irremediably damaging harvest volume. The vines timidly resumed their development, the relatively cold and wet days of July and beginning of August keeping them a bit behind schedule throughout the summer. With twice as many treatments to push off mildew outbreaks, the growing season of 2021 was quite the challenge for our team but everyone’s efforts paid off! Inevitably, volumes were down by 60% on average with major disparities. Chardonnay vines were more affected by the frost because they were ahead in their vegetative cycle compared to pinot noir. Yet, the musts surprised us all with exceptional crisp and stellar freshness. As a result, 2021 unveils a classic and well-balanced profile. Far from the solar character of the previous three vintages, it reveals airy textures and lovely drinkability, combining pleasure and purity.
Tasting note
Attractive nose of blackberry and tobacco. The aromatic palette is supported by structured tannins and fine acidity. It will need approximately 7 years to express its full potential.
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