Domaine de Montille is one of Volnay’s most historic estates that pre-dates the Revolution, and its original 20 hectares of terroir extended across Musigny, Bonnes Mares and Chambolle-Musigny. However, successive generations of the de Montille family sold off many of their vineyards, reducing the estate to its smallest ever size of just 2.5 hectares. It wasn’t until Hubert de Montille inhereted the domaine in 1947 that this trend was reversed. Parcels in Volnay, Pommard and Puligny were added by Hubert, expanding their range of premier and grand cru sites.

Hubert broke with the custom of selling wine to negociants – at a time when 90% of the region’s wines were sold in this way – and began the domaine’s new in-house strategy of wine production. He started making a distinctly different style of Burgundy that focussed on expressing the authenticity of each of the domaine’s terroirs and produced typically austere, low alcohol, high tannin wines that would age fantastically.

In 1983 Hubert’s son, Etienne de Montille, began working at the domaine and eventually took over the running of the estate in 1990. Along with his sister, Alix, the pair are the nineth generation to run and develop the family business. In 2001 the new generation of owners introduced their own philosophy on Domaine de Montille, namely biodynamic farming and whole cluster fermentation. Etienne and Alix remain true to their father’s desire for purity in their wines and continue to create balanced and elegant examples. The domaine was expanded further in 2012 with the amalgamation of Chateau de Puligny into the de Montille estate. There are now around 35 hectares of vines under their remit, 75% of which are premier or grand cru sites, across both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, including Corton, Vosne Romanee, Aux Malconsortst and Puligny-Montrachet.

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