One of the highlights of the 2015 vintage the wine of Domaine de Montille offer great precision and energy in a very ripe vintage.

Why We Taste: Revisiting the Sunny 2015 Vintage with Domaine De Montille

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It's sort of a truism in the wine trade that hyped vintages sell; another truism (especially in Burgundy) is that it's always grower over vintage. So what to make of the ballyhooed 2015 vintage in the Côte d'Or? After a pair of difficult years maked by poor flowering and hail, 2015 was lauded by some as the vintage of the century even before alcoholic fermentation had finished. With this exuberance in mind we tasted the wines from barrel in 2016: the wines were heterogeneous. Some were muscular, extracted, dense, and many were hot, reflecting the solar nature of the vintage (one winemaker, commenting on the high alcohol of some of their premier crus, quipped that they had always wanted to make Rhône wines), others made wines of transparency, elegance, and precision.

Which brings me to the wines of Domaine de Montille. The ripeness of the vintage encouraged whole-cluster fermentation and in the deft hands of Etienne de Montille and his able crew, the wines were vibrant and supple and detailed with excellent complexity to accompany the ripe fruit. And while I'll admit to being somewhat ambivalent when it comes to stem inclusion in Burgundy (I mean, Jayer hated stems, right?), I find myself at a loss to describe how fresh and bright and vibrant the De Montilles are. There’s an inspiring florality in a number of the reds with a corresponding lift to the palate (and this is in the solar 2015!). We are pleased to offer an assortment of the inspiring 2015s which given some time in the bottle have proven to be excellent with fine terroir expression to accompany beautiful fruit, dry extract, and ripe tannins. All have impeccable balance and the structure to age effortlessly. These are a pleasure to taste and among the top wines from the vintage. Bravo! John McIlwain

De Montille 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves 1.5L

From a 1.26 ha parcel just south of the famed Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus from Bouchard. 100% whole cluster. While I’ll concede to not being a big believer in the 2015 hype, the De Montille Beaune Grèves certainly piques my interest. Dark berry fruit, brambles, a touch of orange oil, and stone on the nose, some sous-bois and a bit of oak. The palate is a mélange of hedge fruits, black cherry, black tea, and notes of blood orange, wrapped around a vibrant cherry pit and a salty mineral core. This has subtle tannins and poised ripeness (nothing overripe, or stewed here, thank you very much!) and delightful freshness given the vintage; all propelling a bright, succulent finish. And if I’m typically no fan of overtly stemmy Burgundy, this makes a compelling argument for the suaveness that can be accomplished by stem inclusion in a solar vintage. This is a lovely Beaune Grèves and a truly enjoyable and expressive wine from the vintage. This should gain in focus and complexity in the mid-term and is a sensational expression of the terroir. Kudos to Etienne De Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $209.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

100% whole cluster. The 2015 train keeps a rollin'. A couple of caveats: I've never been one to believe all the 2015 hype—there was sun, more sun,crazy heat, and short-pruning in a number of vineyards that saw terrible hail over the preceding three years. And I am ambivalent at best when it comes to stem inclusion in Burgundy (I mean, Jayer hated stems, right?). So I find myself at a loss to describe how fresh and bright and vibrant the De Montilles are. There's an inspiring florality in a number of the red with a corresponding lift to the palate (and this is in solar 2015!). The Volnay Mitans shows more of this restrained, elegant vintage character. Aromatically reticent at first with notes of black tea, blood orange peel, spice box, and some pomegranate and red currant floating fruit above a chalky mineral core. The palate is similarly circumspect, but opens and expands over a few hours to offer red cherry, cherry stone, iron, and hibiscus flavors with an incisively tangy, stony succulence. The Mitans offers the most overt whole cluster character, yet remains fresh and vibrant and compelling with its bright acidity and wild berry charm balanced by a deep sense of mineral character. This is lovely and energetic and outperforms the sometimes roasted character of the vintage. Give this 5-7 years and drink for the next decade, and this should dazzle. A fine bottle with magret of duck with lentils, where the soil notes complement the earthiness of the lentils and the savory meatiness of the duck, and this would shine with coq au vin, or any dish with wild mushrooms. De Montille really nailed the 2015s and this Mitans is no exception. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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De Montille 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves

From a 1.26 ha parcel just south of the famed Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus from Bouchard. 100% whole cluster.

While I’ll concede to not being a big believer in the 2015 hype, the De Montille Beaune Grèves certainly piques my interest. Dark berry fruit, brambles, a touch of orange oil, and stone on the nose, some sous-bois and a bit of oak. The palate is a mélange of hedge fruits, black cherry, black tea, and notes of blood orange, wrapped around a vibrant cherry pit and a salty mineral core. This has subtle tannins and poised ripeness (nothing overripe, or stewed here, thank you very much!) and delightful freshness given the vintage; all propelling a bright, succulent finish. And if I’m typically no fan of overtly stemmy Burgundy, this makes a compelling argument for the suaveness that can be accomplished by stem inclusion in a solar vintage. This is a lovely Beaune Grèves and a truly enjoyable and expressive wine from the vintage. This should gain in focus and complexity in the mid-term and is a sensational expression of the terroir. Kudos to Etienne De Montille! John McIlwain

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $189.99

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans Pre-Arrival (arrives 2/21)

Dark ruby verging on purple robe. A bit backward upon opening. Mostly notes of turned earth, reduction, and black tea. Some dark fruits. One hour in the decanter makes a world of difference. Aromas of wild raspberry, exotic spices, wild thyme, and plum skin emerge. The palate also gains suppleness and complexity—the pinched tautness loosens revealing wild berry fruit (red currant, wild raspberry, cherry pit, and cranberry) as animale and game flavors and exotic spice notes come to the fore. There is a zesty mineral character running through this, and not insignificant structure, though the elements are balanced and should knit with aplomb. One senses this will need time to integrate, but there’s great poise between the fruit, earthiness, and structure with punchy energy lending lift. This is a sensational Champans, though it will take the better part of a decade to reach its apogee. De Montille handled the ripeness of 2015 deftly and this has the balance to age beautifully.  John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans 1.5L Pre-Arrival (Arrives 2/21

Dark ruby verging on purple robe. A bit backward upon opening. Mostly notes of turned earth, reduction, and black tea. Some dark fruits. One hour in the decanter makes a world of difference. Aromas of wild raspberry, exotic spices, wild thyme, and plum skin emerge. The palate also gains suppleness and complexity—the pinched tautness loosens revealing wild berry fruit (red currant, wild raspberry, cherry pit, and cranberry) as animale and game flavors and exotic spice notes come to the fore. There is a zesty mineral character running through this, and not insignificant structure, though the elements are balanced and should knit with aplomb. One senses this will need time to integrate, but there’s great poise between the fruit, earthiness, and structure with punchy energy lending lift. This is a sensational Champans, though it will take the better part of a decade to reach its apogee. De Montille handled the ripeness of 2015 deftly and this has the balance to age beautifully.  John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $334.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

Located on the southern end of the village next to Clos des Chenes and above Champans, Taillepieds is the crown jewel of De Montille's Volnay vineyards. This steep, stony 1.51 hectare parcel produces deeply mineral and long-lived wines. The 2015 was fermented 100% whole cluster and offers a beautiful array of wild berry and floral aromas, with hints of black tea and exotic spices. In the mouth it shows pretty red cherry, wild strawberry, herb, and minerals on a medium-bodied palate with good sap and excellent energy following through a deeply stony finish. This is textbook Taillepieds and the overall impression is of perfume and stone. This should take 7-10 years to integrate and  drink beautifully for a decade after that.  John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds 1.5L

Located on the southern end of the village next to Clos des Chenes and above Champans, Taillepieds is the crown jewel of De Montille's Volnay vineyards. This steep, stony 1.51 hectare parcel produces deeply mineral and long-lived wines. The 2015 was fermented 100% whole cluster and offers a beautiful array of wild berry and floral aromas, with hints of black tea and exotic spices. In the mouth it shows pretty red cherry, wild strawberry, herb, and minerals on a medium-bodied palate with good sap and excellent energy following through a deeply stony finish. This is textbook Taillepieds and the overall impression is of perfume and stone. This should take 7-10 years to integrate and  drink beautifully for a decade after that.  John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $349.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic