2019 Beaune 1er Cru Aigrots Blanc, Domaine de Montille

This premier cru is all too often overlooked, overshadowed by the classic white villages of the southern Côte de Beaune. But to miss out on this Beaune 1er Cru would be a mistake. It sits high up on the hill, where the soils are poor and high in limestone. The vines struggle and strive, and the wines are full of life. The 2019 is perfumed with sweet nectarine fruit, and the palate has a wonderful grapefruit bitterness. Delicious, and good value, too.

Critic score
90/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£43.48
Case, 12 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£521.76

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2027
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Organic
    Principally Organic
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Beaune 1er Cru Aigrots Blanc, Domaine de Montille

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Beaune Les Aigrots Blanc 1er Cru had a bit of reduction on the nose, though that does not disguise the good intensity of fruit and the honeysuckle and yellow plum aromas. The palate is well balanced with a waxy-textured entry, good depth, orange pith and nectarine notes and a rather tight finish. This is a fine Les Aigrots and it should open up nicely after the remaining six months’ élevage.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (December 2020)
(89—91)/100
Domaine de Montille

Charismatic Etienne de Montille has stewarded the family domaine since taking responsibility in 1995. With an enviable selection of vineyards, careful winemaking with the use of whole bunch altered to suit the vintage, and sensitive élévage, it’s no surprise that this estate continues to rise towards the top. With a cellar overseen by the talented, affable American Brian Sieve and his own son joining the family business, Etienne is doing all the right things to ensure the wines thrive.

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