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Beaune Les Grèves 1er Cru, De Montille - 2021

  • Provenance: Burgundy
  • Appellation: Beaune
  • Domain: De Montille
  • Grape variety(ies): Pinot Noir
  • On-call time: 15 years
  • Alcohol degree: 12.5%
  • 209 Classement: Premier Cru
It is an extraordinary wine, with a rare finesse and an exceptional ageing potential for a Côte de Beaune terroir; the estate classifies it as a "Grand 1er Cru", like the Rugiens in Pommard, the Perrières in Meursault, the Saint-Georges in Nuits or the Clos St-Jacques in Gevrey.
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"Les Grèves" refers to gravelly soils and can be considered as a derivative of "graves" (friable rocks, fine scree associated with clays). It is the most prestigious cru of Beaune. Its best part is undoubtedly the Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus (Bouchard) and in its extension the De Montille plot (1.26 ha). The vines, planted on light soil, benefit from an optimal exposure. Organic cultivation since 1995, biodynamic since 2005.


Vinification of partially de-stemmed grapes. Aged with 25% new wood.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Kidney with mustard - Galantine of game - Rabbit with prunes.

The Domaine De Montille has been established in Volnay since the middle of the 18th century. Today, it operates a 20-hectare vineyard (mainly Premiers and Grands Crus) on the Côte de Beaune, but also in the Côte de Nuits, on very prestigious climats. Hubert de Montille has written some very beautiful pages, as early as the 1960s. He had a lot of work to do in order to give back some scope to this property, which had shrunk over the years, while carrying out two activities (he was a great lawyer!). And it is this perseverance that Hubert passed on to his children. First Étienne, then Alix. Then he left... The arrival of Etienne marked the "change in continuity". There is no question of questioning the values of the house, those that have made it one of the most sought after in Burgundy. But to the authenticity, purity, ageing capacity and elegance of the estate's wines, he will bring a note of charm, the velvet of the texture and the touch of whole grapes. It is also he who will bring the estate into the organic era. Thus, after the total abandonment of chemical fertilisers and herbicides in 1985 thanks to his father Hubert, then of synthetic fungicides and insecticides in 1995 for the passage to organic farming (certified by Ecocert in 2012), he converted the estate to biodynamic farming in 2005.

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