Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Greves'
Tasting at de Montille is always an education as the opportunity to sample across the Cote d’Or, the domaine’s consistently top class reds and whites, gives an unrivalled perspective on the quality and style of the vintage, accompanied by Brian Sieve’s typically measured appraisal. Only marginally affected by the frosts of 2016 and 2017, the domaine has enjoyed fairly homogeneous yields across the last three vintages. Great fruit set and warmer evenings but not the relentless heat that affected some sites established the tone for the domaine’s wines, and as ever, Brian is strict about picking based on the acidity profile of the grapes, which has ensured balanced wines with the correct pH and alcohol levels under 13.3%. Elegance, focus and energy epitomise the domaine’s wines and they were a pleasure to taste as always.
(NB - We spent even longer at the domaine this year as Etienne and Brian had agreed to complete the élevage of the barrels of Hospice de Beaune 2019 wines we hoped to buy at the forthcoming auction for our syndicate members. As experienced tasters of the Hospice wines, they also had useful advice on preferred cuvées, which was another factor in our choices. We later bid successfully on the barrels we wanted (Pommard 1er Cru and a rather fantastic Meursault) and they will be making their way to de Montille for completion…)
This iron and clay-topped limestone vineyard with a percentage of its vines dating back to the 1950s, is a perennial favourite of mine. Brian refers to it as a “Petit Pommard”, for its depth and minerality. 40% whole bunch in 2018 and 25% new oak. Impressive depth of spicy cherry and red plums. Compact, dark, brooding, ferrous, really pretty serious, but rich, sweet, tight berry fruit at the core wrapped up in cedary, dusky tannins. Tom, Wine Guru
The 2018 Beaune Grèves 1er Cru comes from iron-rich clayey soils and contains two-thirds whole cluster this year. It has a lovely bouquet of red berry fruit laced with slate and bay leaf aromas, very well defined and absorbing the 25% new oak easily. The palate is well balanced with a mineral-rich entry, a fine bead of acidity and touches of brown spice sprinkled over the red fruit. The stony, terse finish indicates that it could age for longer than many will grant it. 91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
93/100, Tim Atkin MW
|Grower||Domaine de Montille|
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|Wine Type||Red wines|
Domaine de Montille
A 75% Premier/Grand Crus Domaine
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