Montille Rugiens Pommard Premier Cru 2006


Having tasted the Montille Taillepieds, I am confident that the Montille Rugiens will be equally impressive. With more weight and a succulent mid-palate.

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Having tasted the Montille Taillepieds last year and loving it. I am confident that the Montille Rugiens will be equally impressive. The Pommard wines tend to have a bit more weight and a succulent mid-palate. Actually, I think you need to buy this wine before temptation gets the better of me.

The Domaine is now run by the children of iconic winemaker Hubert de Montille. Their wines embody the Volnay spirit (the village where the Domaine is based), 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 bottle though.


Drink it from now but I think there is a lot of life in this wine yet. Decanting would not hurt or let it evolve in the glass and see the layers the Montille wines offer.

Food Matches

Beef, cheese. Something with some density that is for sure.


The muscular wines of the Cote de Beaune. They tend towards Gevrey weight and density but without as much tannin. There are some seriously good Pinots coming out of here.


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 are 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.

Pinot Noir 

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, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.


Overlooked after the stunning 2005 vintage, the 06s offer lovely drinking from the good producers. True to terroir, well balanced and refreshing wines that will live longer than most people think.

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