I’m a huge fan of Domaine de Montille. And like all of the family’s work, Montille Beaune Les Greves is a stunning wine. Greves is one of the great vineyards of Beaune. It gets an extra level of ripeness and depth of flavour that is sometimes missing from Beaune. The elegance of the Montille family shows through too. Montille Beaune Les Greves from 2014 is a pure, elegant, balanced, and beautiful wine. Drink Montille Beaune Les Greves 2014 from now. But be aware: the last sip you have of Montille Beaune Les Greves will be the best. The last bottle of Montille Beaune Les Greves will have you wishing you had more.
Domaine De Montille is now run by the children of iconic winemaker Hubert de Montille. If you watched Mondevino, you would know Hubert was the start of the show. If you haven’t, get a great bottle of Burgundy or Bordeaux (or both if you have guests) and set aside an evening. Domaine De Montille wines embody the Volnay spirit (the village where the Domaine is), have the acid drive and focus of the region as well as its pretty aromatics. Every Montille wine is a pleasure to drink. They do look much better with time in the bottle though.
Domaine de Montille Beaune Les Greves Premier Cru 2014 Wine Review
“Like the Sizies this is both aromatically cool and pure with its elegant nose of essence of red berries and earth and where the oak treatment is no more than a background nuance. There is excellent intensity to the racy and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a lingering but again edgy finish where it’s also not clear that time will necessarily round off the dusty supporting tannins.”
Historically an important trading town and one of the largest villages by vineyard area. Beaune has numerous Premier Cru sites but not one Grand Cru. For the most part, the wines are sturdy, if a bit clumsy, in a soft and pretty style. There are some gems in the region though. Greves and Bressandes are pretty impressive vineyards.
The classic part of Burgundy, known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold), is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region, and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony. Apart from the best reds in the world, you can find world-class Pinot Noir rosé and sparkling. You can even find sweet wines, whites on occasion, and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannin and flavour. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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