Domaine de Montille
Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies 2014
|Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies
Here the cool and restrained nose offers up notes of earth-infused red currant, cherry and discreet spice nuances. There is good energy and lovely detail to the more refined middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the dusty and mildly austere finish that is presently ever-so-slightly edgy and it's not clear that it will ever completely harmonize.
Score: 87-90, Allen Meadows, Burghound
The Beaune Premier Cru "Les Sizies" is an introduction to our Premier Crus. With our Bourgogne Rouge, it allows the discovery of the de Montille style and the cachet of the Domaine, which favors purity and elegance. "Sizies" comes from the name of the property’s owner in the 18th century, Renaud de Sessie, who owned large tanneries in Beaune. This vineyard of 1.62 hectares, planted on clay-driven soils at the foot of the slope, offers us a wine of generous pleasure with lots of fruit that can deliver its full potential even in its youth. It drinks well without too much of a wait, but it can nonetheless surprise with its aging capacity of approximately 15 years.
The wines, the style
Domaine de Montille is known to craft wines with great aromatic purity, always favoring balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, produced in the most natural way possible and possessing an impressive ability to age, as the family believes only time can reveal the true potential of the greatest wines. The domaine's current style remains faithful to Hubert's natural and idealistic approach, which demanded considerable patience while waiting for appropriate drinking windows for certain vintages. Etienne, however, has taken up the task to bring greater aromatic expression and silkier and more unctuous textures to the reds, allowing them to drink earlier, without compromising their ability to age. The domaine is known in Burgundy, among others such as Arlot, DRC, Dujac and Leroy, to regularly vinify using a significant proportion of whole clusters, varying by cuvée and by vintage.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.
Everything started smoothly with a warm and dry spring. Thanks to an early bud-break, the vines were a few weeks ahead of our usual schedule. Then, for the third year in a row, it arrived, hail, on June 28th 2014. Once again Volnay, Pommard, Beaune and Meursault were the most badly hit villages, with variable losses between blocks but a 50% average. Characteristically, the vines entered a period of dormancy and healing that spanned two to three weeks, thus losing its vegetative head start. The cool summer did nothing to improve that but August and early September’s ideal conditions gave us the serenity to begin harvest on September 12th. Low yields, dry conditions and a relative homogeneity of the bunches allowed us to pick everything in a little more than a week. The early bud break and cool summer resulting in a relatively late harvest - compared to the recent past – allowed for a slow maturation of the berries and gave us an exceptional white vintage. Wines with tension, complexity and intensity of aromas are undoubtedly establishing 2014 amongst the very best Burgundian vintages. Unlike 2013, light and fruit-forward, 2014 is a structured vintage. Despite a cool growing season, wines show good maturity and a pleasant flesh. The northern wind that blew toward the end of the season allowed for healthy fruits, favouring the whole cluster vinification that is the heart of our philosophy.