DOMAINE DE MONTILLE

DOMAINE DE MONTILLE

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET
Owner:
Etienne & Alix de Montille
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. Things are simple, Etienne vinifies the Pinot Noirs, 18 in total, and Alix handles the Chardonnays, four in field and sixteen in the business activity. But both share the same values, which have been transmitted to them by Hubert de Montille. In their wines, they strive for the same aromatic purity, balance, and elegance, which has made the Domaine famous worldwide.
DOMAINE DE MONTILLE

The family's origins can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century at Créancey in the Auxois region, with the Lords of Commeau. Then comes the 18th century. 'The domaine pre-dates the revolution; it was created in the 1750s,' states Hubert de Montille. It was re-named de Montille after the union of Marie Eléonore Chauvelot de Chevannes and Étienne Joseph Marie Léonce Bizouard de Montille, the grandfather of Hubert, on April 9, 1863. 'Montille' as he was known at the time, divided his time between the domaines in Volnay and Créancey and the Société des Agriculteurs de France, of which he was one of the founders.
Étienne and Alix de Montille learned about viticulture from an early age. But Hubert never would have passed his children the baton without them first learning 'a real profession'. And, while the children followed in the family footsteps by orienting themselves towards legal careers, the inevitable return to the vine came quickly.

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.

Today the Domaine claims a complete rupture with traditional agriculture but not to such an extent that they make biodynamics a "religion". All their fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, they can calibrate the presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place. They use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. They finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.

Domaine de Montille wines are known for their great aromatic purity. They always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods they use contribute to this individual style, and their winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.

“As with all good stories, this one takes us on a journey through time. The past, its roots; the present, the new generation; evolution, not revolution... An erudite blend, balanced between tradition and modernity...we dare say it is the continuity of change.”