Beaune, Grèves, 1er Cru
Domaine de Montille

Beaune, Grèves, 1er Cru,



Domaine de Montille, Beaune, Grèves, 1er Cru, 2016

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Domaine de Montille, Beaune, Grèves, 1er Cru, 2016

Though full-bodied and muscular there is a great floral quality to this, too. Notes of fresh-cut flower, ripe forest berry fruit, cherry, bramble mixed with Asian spices. Pure, characterful and beautifully balanced. From 65 year-old vines planted on soils with more clay than the Sizies giving a denser wine. Fermented with a third whole bunches and aged in 20% new oak.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
(vinified with one-third whole clusters and aged in 20% new oak; from vines averaging 40 years of age, with some as old as 70; 30% of the crop was lost to frost): Medium red. Ripe cherry on the nose. Offers a bit more stuffing and sweetness than the Perrières, along with some floral and herbal notes, but the essentially soft middle palate turns distinctly firmer and more medicinal toward the back. Finishes with dusty tannins and a repeating herbal quality. This wine will need further élevage--and time in bottle--to come into harmony.
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Domaine de Montille

Domaine de Montille

Etienne is one of Burgundy's great purists, his long-lived wines may need time but they are some of the most honest and terroir-driven wines in Burgundy. The wines are fermented using all or partial whole bunch vinification depending on the vintage, élévage is long and slow in their cold cellars and percentages of new oak are low, rarely more than 50% even for Malconsorts. From some of the most vivid, intense Beaune's there are to perfumed, stylish Volnays and silky Vosnes Romanee, Etienne makes a borad range of some of Burgundy's most polished wines. The Domaine's policy on white wines is to pick as early as possible, as soon as the fruit has just approached ripeness, resulting in tense, fine wines with alcohols rarely more than 13%

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