De Montille’s Corton ‘Clos du Roi’ comes from a prime spot in one of the finest vineyards of the appellation. The vines are at the perfect point on the hill’s famous slope, high, yet not at the top, making the most of the sun and the best tract of soil. Winemaker Etienne de Montille believes this to be his greatest ever and we agree. It’s a big, seductive wine with incredible length that absolutely blew us away.
De Montille is one of the great Burgundy estates and they make exceptionally pure expressions of Pinot Noir. Deeply traditional in style the wines have huge ageing potential and are truly magnificent after a few years in the cellar. Thanks to a tiny harvest across Burgundy, the quantities of fruit produced were miniscule, yet it resulted in greater fruit selection and concentration, meaning the quality of these flamboyant 2012’s is sky high.
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The 2012 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru is from their single 0.84-hectare parcel, this vintage 100% whole cluster pressed and matured in 50% new oak. The nose is open and expressive with bright brambly red berry fruit, complemented by wild mushroom and forest floor. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. Good grip here: masculine and sinewy with a bold assertive finish, this will deserve five or six years in bottle. ||I was interested to learn that when Hubert de Montille inherited his father’s vines in 1947, it consisted of just three hectares. Over the years he built up both his family’s holdings and his reputation from his base in Volnay, not far from Michel Lafarge, while running a successful law firm in Dijon. During the 1990s he gradually handed over the running to his son Etienne, who was working in the financial sector and his daughter Alix, married to Jean-Marc Roulot. It was during Etienne’s tenure at Credit Foncier that he was charged with running Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet. That was probably when I first met him, somewhere around 1998, the first time accompanied by his father. Etienne is not a man to take things easy. He established a negociant business in 2003 (Les Deux Montille) that is based in the old Bouchard Pere cellars on the outskirts of Meursault, converted the vineyard to organic viticulture in 1995 and then biodynamic in 2005. Though certified by Ecocert in 2012 he has always been less dogmatic about it than others practitioners. The biggest development in recent years is the acquisition of the mouth-watering Thomas-Moillard holdings in 2005 in conjunction with Domaine Dujac and outside investors. If I am to be honest, the rapid changes have made it difficult to keep up with the changes, not that anyone is protesting against improvements. I guess it is just a case of keeping pace with Etienne! Today they tend just over 20 hectares of vine of which three-quarters are either premier or grand cru. See also Chateau du Puligny-Montrachet. As usual, there is a clutch of excellent wines here, each appearing to articulate the vagaries of each terroir with style. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013
Domaine de Montille is now without doubt one of the finest producers in Burgundy. This is a domaine with considerable history: Hubert de Montille inherited the domaine in the 1950s. A pioneer of domaine bottling, he is one of the grand old men of Burgundy. His son, Etienne has been in charge since 1995, having assisted his father here since the early 1980s. Etienne moved to fully organic farming in 1995, and the transition to biodynamics began in 2005; at the same time the domaine expanded into the Côte de Nuits, with some exceptional plots in Nuits St Georges and Vosne, including a very special parcel of Les Malconsorts – Cuvee Christiane - from vines just under La Tache.
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