Burgundy 2019 - Sustainable farming - Domaine de Montille
Domaine de Montille
The wonderful Domaine de Montille manages that difficult task of combining old-school classicism with dynamic forward-thinking. The result is a burgeoning family property that is very much at the top of its game, producing wines of exceptional quality: scintillating, proper Burgundies.
Étienne and his sister Alix inherited Domaine de Montille from their father Hubert, a man who made his mark on the Burgundian scene in the 1950s with a terroir-driven, estate-bottled approach to winemaking when 90% of the region’s wines were being sold to negociants. While remaining true to his father’s vision of creating elegant, pure and balanced wines, Étienne was instrumental in pushing the sustainability of the Domaine by abandoning all chemical fertilizers and herbicides in 1985 and fully transitioning to biodynamic farming in 2005.
Tasting at de Montille is always an education, especially when accompanied by the typically measured appraisal of head winemaker Brian Sieve. Sampling wines from 20 different appellations across the Côte d’Or (70% Premier Cru and Grand Cru sites), the Domaine’s consistently top-class reds and whites give an unrivalled perspective on the quality and style of the vintage.
We have recently partnered with Domaine de Montille to oversee the production of our own unique cuvees for the Hospices de Beaune and Kosher crowdfunded syndicates. We have all the faith and respect in the talents of Brian Sieve to produce spectacular results for our participating Club members.
Burgundy 2019 En Primeur: Super-Charged Classics
Tom and Clemence had a fascinating week in Burgundy and even with Covid-19 restrictions, they were able to meet and taste with the majority of our key growers - for which we are glad as 2019 is a vintage that deserves your attention: the reds have lived up to the early promise showed last year and the whites have surprised everyone, growers included, by turning out sensationally. In fact Tom can’t recall such an even-handed year in terms of quality since 2010.
This page is where you can find all the growers and their releases (or filter accordingly for red/white). For more information on upcoming releases, register to be added to our Burgundy 2019 En Primeur mailing list, or view our brochure.
Tom Harrow's 2019 Vintage Report
Could Burgundy 2019 rival the 1865 vintage as the greatest ever?! Our Wine Director Tom’s thoughts and recommendations.
Burgundy 2019 Hidden Gems
2019 is one of the great modern Burgundy vintages and here Tom reveals his favourite under-the-radar "Hidden Gems" with which to line your cellar.
Browse all Burgundy 2019 En Primeur wines.
Charles at Ballot-Millot will always have an exciting line-up and 2019 is no exception.
Bichot & du Clos Frantin
A really pleasing set of wines from Domaines Bichot, with once again the highlights coming from jewel in the crown Domaine du Clos Frantin.
"...real purity and succulence across the range with a minerality and tension that quivers like a bloodhound on the scent."
Although it takes years to reach its full potential, it’s worth the wait as with maturity Epeneux is like a universe in a glass, exploding exponentially in all directions at once.
The domaine’s consistently top class reds and whites gives an unrivalled perspective on the quality and style of the vintage.
Loïc Dugat, now 13th generation, is continuing the family tradition of making some of the greatest and most sought-after wines in Burgundy.
Pulling up at Pierre’s in Gevrey is accompanied by a sense of huge excitement and a question – can he do it yet again? The answer is an emphatic yes.
The consistent balance of succulence and focus, sweetness and salinity, authenticity and sophistication shows that there are great things ahead for Maison Delaunay.
Up-and-coming pockets away from the centre can often provide real satisfaction for less money. Here, Mercurey is one such area that is definitely fulfilling its promise.
Fabien and Vincent make superb and unjustly overlooked wines; they taste extremely well young and have a great capacity to age.
“The vintage of my life” is how the ever ebullient Benoit Stehly describes 2019, adding “the grapes were perfect, the balance, energy and terroir expression – perfect.”
These were among the most hedonistic, plush and muscular sets of wines we tried, although alcohol levels remained between 12.7 and 13.6%, and there is no lack of energy here.
One of the pioneers of the growing micro-negotiant movement, Jane continues her inexorable rise to stardom.
The Boillot wines are rich, ripe and ample but oak is kept to a maximum of 30% and there is always the underlying minerality and a core of zesty citrus to balance the waxy, yellow fruits.
Jean Tardy et Fils
“2019 has the warmth and richness of 2015, with the freshness and terroir expression of 2016.”
Within the house of Albert Bichot, Domaine Long-Depaquit is well known for its careful selection of Chablis styles.
Low yields, hand picking, total destemming and minimal racking are factors in the resultant style of Michel’s wines – supple and seductive.
Paul et Marie Jacqueson
Extremely proficient winemaking and judicious use of new oak (20% for whites and 25% for reds) make for beautifully crafted, ripe, intense, sensual wines.
Emmanuel suggests 2019 has the “matier” and intensity of 2014 with more of the generosity of the warmer vintages - definitely “Grand Year”.
On the recent hotter vintages: “We have more tannins, more acids, more sugars, more aromatics, more everything.”
Pre-Release of Prieuré Roch 2018
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 'Clos des Corvées Vielles Vignes', 2018.