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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Volnay AOC 1er Cru|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Organic|
The Montille family’s origins can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century at Créancey in the Auxois region, with the Lords of Commeau. The domaine was created in the 1750’s, says current proprietor Hubert de Montille, who divided his time between the domaines in Volnay and Créancy and the Société des Agriculteurs de France, of which he was one of the founders. Over the years, due to the inheritance laws in Burgundy, Hubert’s family began splitting up the land piece by piece, and he tried to stop it but by that point it had been reduced to a mere 3 hectares. Beginning with his first vintage in 1947, he broke with the custom of selling wine to negociants, believing in the future of the bottle as an important part of the business. He believed in character and taste, and in making wines he loved for people to enjoy. He was successful in growing the family business, and in 2011 they were back up to having 20 hectares, 75% of which are Premier or Grand Cru. "En Champans" is one of the most highly regarded vineyards of Volnay. This steeply sloped terroir is very calcareous with a light brown soil and sits at the highest end of the parcel. "Champans" comes from the combination of two words, "champ" or "field" and "pans", which means "slope". 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. A Volnay Premier Cru "En Champans" is a spawning wine that delivers vibrant red fruits (cherries) and a structure of dense tannins that somehow resist rigidity. The palate is ample, structured and thoroughly elegant. This wine tends to open up after seven to 12 years. Certified organic.