Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru 'en Champans'
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…)
From a parcel that runs the length of the vineyard vertically so sandy limestone at the top, marl in the middle, and heavier clay at bottom. 50% whole bunch in 2018. Smoky, meaty, dried herb nose, softer berry fruits on juicy mid palate which tracks really nicely, with rich, savoury tannins, and plenty of sinuous power. Tom, Wine Guru
The 2018 Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru includes 50% whole cluster and has a much more floral bouquet than the Mitans, with wilted rose petal percolating through the red fruit. The well-balanced palate is tannic on the entry. The brisk, terse finish indicates that it is in for the long haul. I like the salinity here. A rather uncompromising but satisfying/challenging Volnay. 91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
En Champans is on a steep slope and combines three different soil types: clay, limestone and sand. This is quite a firm, grippy, savoury style of Volnay with lots of sap and grip, some appealing floral scents, red cherry and bramble fruit and a combination of 50% whole bunches and 30% new wood. 93/100, Tim Atkin MW
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Domaine de Montille
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