Domaine de Montille is a first class Côte de Beaune domaine and one which is producing some of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir to be found in Burgundy today. The domaine was developed by Hubert de Montille, a prominent Dijon lawyer, who inherited 2.5 hectares of vineyards in Volnay in 1951 and most of the production was sold in bulk to négociants. Over the years he acquired further parcels in Volnay, as well as 4 hectares in Pommard, taking his total holdings to just short of 17 hectares.
Today the domaine is run by his son Etienne. The winemaking is traditional - partial destemming followed by a relatively long maceration period. The wines are aged in oak barriques (20-30% new) and are bottled unfiltered. These are wonderfully elegant, harmonious wines that require at least five years bottle ageing to show at their very best.
The domaine has recently been considerably extended by purchases of vineyards in Beaune, Corton, and (from 2005) the Cote de Nuits, including some marvellous Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts. There are also some fine holdings of white wine vineyards, especially Puligny Montrachet Les Caillerets.
This vineyard is new for Domaine de Montille, having taken over the plot from the Château de Puligny. The vines are located in the upper part of the vineyard, next to 1er cru Clos Micot. Vinified without stems, it has a bright, mid-purple colour with a firm, kirsch like nose and plenty of fruit on the palate to cover the Pommard tannins.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Strong reduction renders the nose impossible to assess. As is usually the case there is an intense minerality to the sleekly muscular medium weight flavors where the stems are very much in evidence on the overtly austere, precise and impressively long finish. This won't be for everyone as the austerity isn't subtle and at present there is a hint of backend dryness, but in this case there is a reasonable chance that it will age out and my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard.
Varietal: Pinot Noir