Domaine de Montille
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts "Christiane"
Color Red
Grape variety pinot noir
Surface area 0,49 ha
Production 1 500
Share of whole harvest 66%
Share of new barrels 60%
Alcohol 13%
The appellation
Our second plot is vinified and bottled separately under the name "Christiane", as a tribute to Hubert's wife and Étienne's mother, who passed in 2008. Christiane spent her life bending over backwards for the family estate. This plot enjoys a unique geographic location, nestled like an enclave bordered by original "la Tâche" and two paths. It should be noted that despite this geographic and cadastral singularity, this plot is not, and has never historically been part of "La Tâche". Yet, the nose expresses darker fruit (blackcurrant, cherry), with more spice and minerality. The palate is denser, sappier, with a tighter more serious tannin structure. Its aging potential being higher than its twin sister's, it requires a bit more patience.
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
Fresh nose of dark and crunchy black fruit. The mouth is crisp on the entry with fine acidity, with growing complexity and texture. It is beautifully balanced and certainly more granular than the classic Malconsorts. The finish is taut and extremely long.
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