Hubert & Etienne de Montille
De Montille is one of the most respected Domains in Volnay, and probably the most straight forward one. Beside the beautiful old estate there is a garden with a huge old maple tree, its unique appearance is its stem which consists of several stems. But the biggest part of his garden is covered with vines that then definitely grow in the middle of Volnay.
During our visit the vintage 2001 already was in the big open wooden cuvées in which the wine is processed - the so called 'Pigeage'.
Etienne de Montille who now, after his father, is completely responsible for the wine making pays particular attention to the fact that the grapes should not be damaged when they are filled into the cuvées . His opinion is that the fermentation process needs much more time and therefore more fine aromas are extracted.
Wines from Montille are extraordinary and unique. They need long maturing time and Etienne de Montille recommends that his wines should be decanted in time before consuming them.
We tasted Montille's best known examples of Volnays and Pommards from the wood. Etienne de Montille filled the glasses in the cellar in which we didn't stay for degustation, because it had at that moment an alarming CO2-concentration (when we entered it we soon were short of breath).
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds 2000 (from the wood)
Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2000 (from the wood)
In order to have a comparison how the Montille-wines develop we tasted the 1995.
Volnay 1er Cru Champans 1995
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 1999