ABOUT: Domaine de Montille is one of the most prolific Burgundy producers, whose winemaking heritage traces back to the 17th century. In 1947 Hubert de Montille took over the running of the estate, which was in need of much repair, and commenced the long journey back to health. His son, Etienne came aboard in 1983 and by 1995 was co-managing the property with his father. In 1995 the conversion to organics began, and in 2005 the implementation of biodynamic practices commenced. Today they have more than 35 hectares of mostly Premier Cru vine in Cote de Beaune, and 2 little hillsides of Pinot Noir vines in the beautiful Monthelie AOC. These are elegant wines with sweet red fruit flavors, a little baking spice and a salty edge. Scarce and delicious, get it while it’s available.
TASTE:The Montille’s have 2 plots in Monthelie which produce bright, red fruit flavored Pinot Noir with bits of salt and spice. Half of the production is whole cluster and it spends 8 months in barrel heading into stainless for a minute before release. This is an extremely attractive wine, aromas and flavors of blackberries and raspberries, rose petal and baking spice, with a medium body and balanced acid and tannin. Sort of reminds us of a top flight, elegant Gamay from Beaujolais. A serious Pinot Noir but not as serious as from the neighboring vineyards Volnay or Meursault.
PAIR: Roasted beets, black bean enchiladas, pesto garlic knots, Mexican risotto, Spanakopita, and a smoked gouda grilled cheese sandwich please.