Domaine de Montille - Volnay 1er Cru " En Champans" - red - 2018- 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
"The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans is muscular and more introverted than the series of Beaune premiers crus that proceeded it, unwinding with a deep-pitched bouquet of cassis, smoked meats and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, firm and muscular, the raw materials are promising." 93 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Domaine de Montille sits on 17 hectares, mainly in Côte de Beaune, although some fine wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée have been integrated.
The Domaine was created in the 1750s. It sat on a veritable treasure, in total, 12 hectares of magnificent terroir, planted with Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. When Hubert de Montille took over in the 1950s, the family Domaine had been reduced to its smallest size of barely 3 hectares. In 1983, Étienne started working at the Domaine. He asserted his style and philosophy: biodynamic farming, whole cluster fermentation to add aromatics and silkier wines with less austerity. All the while, he remained true to his vision: authenticity, purity, elegance and balance. In 2011, the Domaine counted 20 hectares of vines, of which 75% were Premiers or Grands Crus from both Côtes.
The idea of minimal intervention speaks very clearly to the team when it comes to their terroir. There was total abandonment of chemical fertilizers and herbicides in 1985, and then fungicides and synthetic insecticides in 1995 before switching to organic, biodynamic in 2005. Finally, the domain became Ecocert Bio certified in 2012.
From: France, Burgundy, Volnay 1er Cru
Variety: Pinot Noir