2018 Bourgogne Blanc, Clos-du-Château, Domaine de Montille

2018 Bourgogne Blanc, Clos-du-Château, Domaine de Montille

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2018 Bourgogne Blanc, Clos-du-Château, Domaine de Montille

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Domaine de Montille’s Clos-du-Château is one of the finest examples of white Burgundy. It is produced from a vineyard within the grounds of the Château de Puligny-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune. Mineral and fresh with lovely, ripe peach fruit flavours, this is a versatile wine to enjoy with an array of dishes. Smoked salmon, ham, rich vegetarian recipes or even a cheeseboard are all delicious accompaniments. Personally, I would enjoy a glass or two on their own.

Drink now to 2026

Adam Bruntlett, Burgundy Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (August 2020)

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Neal Martin, Vinous85-87/100
The 2018 Bourgogne Blanc comes from vineyards acquired in 2011/2012 and located near Château de Puligny-Montrachet, and is vinified in 600-liter barrels. It has a light bouquet with scents of green apple and a touch of seawater developing with aeration. The palate is steely on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. There is good tension here, and a briskly citric, lightly spiced finish.

Drink 2021 - 2024

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2020) Read more
Wine Advocate86-88/100
Friendly and enveloping, de Montille's 2018 Bourgogne Blanc Le Clos du Château bursts with aromas of orange rind, pear and musky peach, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate. Already charming and expressive, this will drink well young.

Drink 2020 - 2026

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Feb 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Domaine de Montille

Domaine de Montille

The De Montille family has long been a venerable one in Burgundy, though Domaine de Montille’s reputation was properly established in 1947: prominent Dijon lawyer Hubert de Montille inherited 2.5 hectares in Volnay, later adding further parcels in Volnay, Pommard and Puligny. Hubert’s style was famously austere: low alcohol, high tannin and sublime in maturity.

His son, Etienne, joined him from ’83 to ’89 before becoming the senior winemaker, taking sole charge from ’95. Etienne also managed Château de Puligny-Montrachet from ’01; he bought it, with investors, in ’12.

The two estates were separate until ’17, when the government decreed that any wine estate bearing an appellation name could no longer offer wine from outside that appellation.

The solution was to absorb the château estate into De Montille – the amalgamated portfolio is now one of the finest in the Côte d’Or.

Etienne converted the estate to organics in ‘95, and to biodynamics in 2005, making the house style more generous and open, focusing on the use of whole bunches for the reds.

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Bourgogne Rouge

Bourgogne Rouge

Bourgogne Rouge is the term used to apply to red wines from Burgundy that fall under the generic Bourgogne AOC, which can be produced by over 350 individual villages across the region. As with Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rosé, this is a very general appellation and thus is hard to pinpoint any specific characteristics of the wine as a whole, due to the huge variety of wines produced.
Around 4,600 acres of land across Burgundy are used to produce Bourgogne Rouge, which is around twice as much as is dedicated towards the production of generic whites.
Pinot Noir is the primary grape used in Bourgogne Rouge production, although Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and in Yonne, César grapes are all also permitted to make up the rest of the wine. These wines tend to be focused and acidic, with the fruit less cloying than in some New World wines also made from Pinot Noir, and they develop more floral notes as they age.

Although an entry-level wine, some Bourgogne Rouges can be exquisite depending on the area and producer, and yet at a very affordable price.

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Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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