The rolling hills of the Côte Chalonnaise make a stunning backdrop to the cellars of Lucien Denizot and his son, Christophe, in the small village of Bissey-sur-Cruchaud. Their south-facing Chardonnay vineyards, planted on gentle slopes, certainly don’t want for sun. The climate here, though the region is further south, is cooler than the Côte d’Or because of the higher altitude, which tends to give the wines a seam of quite firm acidity. Christophe is the winemaker, and his pride and joy is the Montagny, Le Vieux Château. After fermentation, he believes in predominantly using concrete cuves to enhance terroir yet judiciously employs ? new oak and ? old oak barriques for 20% of the wine. A delicious wine with great citrus intensity, mineral notes and a smooth creamy texture without the lip-curling ‘green’ edge of poorer-quality Chalonnais whites.
Montagny is a commune within the Côte Chalonnaise whose production is exclusively white wine. This sub region is blessed with 53 premier cru vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise lies to the south of the Côte d'Or and benefits from similar limestone clay soils. There are no Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny are fresh with higher acidities than the wines of the Côte d'Or and tend to be light-medium in body. The best examples make for excellent value early drinking White Burgundy.