“Two of the aspects that I like best about the 2014s is their transparency to the underlying terroir coupled with their sheer drinkability. This transparency is enhanced by terrific vibrancy because the wines really do taste alive in the mouth as they’ve got energy, or what I like to call underlying tension. They’re ripe yet they are what the French call digest, or refreshing, where the first sip invites the next which is in fact what makes them so drinkable.” Allen Meadows—Burghound
“Very rarely have we seen such healthy leaves and such a balanced growth of the vines. Diseases were nearly absent and the treatments were kept to a minimum.” Aubert de Villaine, co-director of Domaine de la Romanée Conti
The Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru parcel was purchased in 2004 and consists of 1.02 hectares (2.5 acres). At the time, it was all planted to Pinot Noir under the Grand Cru appellation of Corton ‘Pougets’. In 2005, after some soil evaluations, they felt the parcel would be better suited to producing Chardonnay so they grafted the 35-year old vines in the higher section of the vineyard and ripped out and replanted the lower section of the vineyard.
About the Domaine:
Étienne de Montille started working under his father Hubert in 1983 and took the reins in 1990. Hubert was a wise teacher and knew what he was doing as he took over the domaine in 1947. Since 1995 de Montille has been practicing organic viticulture and in 2005 biodynamic practices were implemented. Certified by Ecocert, the domaine takes very seriously the responsibilities of “respect for these living soils.”
From their website:
The 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. Then comes the 18th century. 'The domaine pre-dates the revolution; it was created in the 1750s,' states Hubert de Montille. It was re-named de Montille after the union of Marie Eléonore Chauvelot de Chevannes and Étienne Joseph Marie Léonce Bizouard de Montille, the grandfather of Hubert, on April 9, 1863. 'Montille' as he was known at the time, divided his time between the domaines in Volnay and Créancey and the Société des Agriculteurs de France, of which he was one of the founders.
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 l’Arlot, DRC, Dujac and Leroy, to regularly vinify using a significant proportion of whole clusters, varying by cuvée and by vintage.
In 2011, the domaine counted 20 hectares of vines, of which 75% were Premiers or Grands Crus from both Côtes.