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Founded in the mid-18th century, this family-owned estate is one of the most historic in the Côte d’Or, with ninth generation Etienne de Montille now at its helm. Etienne was an early advocate of organic farming when, in 1995, he introduced these principles in the estate’s vineyards. Biodynamic practices followed in 2005, and the domaine received ‘Ecocert Bio’ certification in 2012.
For the white wines, grapes tend to be picked early to preserve freshness. Ageing takes place in a mix of 228 and 600-litre oak barrels (with little or no bâtonnage) to add texture and complexity. As with the reds, new oak is used sparingly, usually no more than 20 – 25%. The wines are aged on lees in barrels for 11 – 12 months, then remain in tank for 5 – 6 months before bottling.
The fruit is sourced from a five-hectare plot, 'Le Clos du Château', situated on the border of the Puligny-Montrachet vineyards. The soils consist of silt and clay, which imparts a richness and texture to the wine. On the nose, the wine has delicate aromas of green apple, pear, white plum and a touch of fennel. The palate is juicy, with plenty of orchard fruits and sweet spice, beautifully balanced with fine acidity. It has good tension and a long, lightly spiced finish.