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2017 Domaine de Montille Beaune Aigrots

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June 25, 2023 - $57

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RATINGS

92James Suckling

Some pineapple and pink grapefruit, but also plenty of pear and an attractive creaminess from the lees, neatly wrapped around a gently tannic core.

91The Wine Advocate

Aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, green stone fruits and marzipan introduce the 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots Blanc, a medium to full-bodied, racy and precise wine with a fleshy core of delicately sun-kissed fruit.

90-92Vinous / IWC

...attractive bouquet with orange blossom, mandarin and light spicy aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, slightly waxy in texture with an attractive, rather phenolic finish. Very fine.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Baked apple, rose petal and lemon juice. Full body, soft acid, floury texture. Ripe and full...

PRODUCER

Domaine de Montille

Domaine de Montille is the Volnay estate of the Montille family, which traces its roots to the 17th century. In modern times the estate was revived by Hubert Montille, the family patriarch who, though trained as a lawyer, began making wine in 1947. Rather than selling his cuvee to negociants, he bottled his own, a rarity at the time. Today the estate is run by Hubert’s son Etienne, also a lawyer with extensive viticulture experience, with help from his sister Alix. Hubert died in 2014. The 60-acre estate includes Grand Cru parcels in Clos de Vougeot, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, as well as Premier Crus in Vosne-Romanee, Pommard, Volnay, Beaune and Puligny-Montrachet. Clive Coates calls Domaine de Montille a “great Volnay estate, well-known for its policy of minimal chaptalisation. This makes for very pure wines….”

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Monthelie

Monthélie is a diminutive appellation of just 450 acres wedged between Volnay and Meursault. The picturesque village of the same name has fewer than 300 inhabitants, all of whom are involved in making wine. The name Monthélie is thought to come from the Celtic phrase “mont-oloye,” meaning an elevation in the road. Both red and white wines can be produced within the Monthélie appellation, though in practice about 85% is Pinot Noir and 15% is Chardonnay. There are no Grands Crus but the appellation has 15 Premiers Crus, in whole or part. Four are relatively new, having been added in 2006. Until 1937, when Monthélie became an official appellation, the wine produced was sold as either Volnay or Pommard. Two of the best-known Premier Cru vineyards are Les Champs Fulliot and Sur la Velle. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that the best producers of Monthélie reds make “aromatic, graceful, elegant wines.”

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, 1er (Premier) Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.