It has been reported that the 2016 vintage for white Burgundy presented some challenges for the growers. Frost was the main culprit, though there were also issues with mildew. The silver lining is that the fruit that made it to harvest was of impeccable quality. There just wasn’t a lot of it.
Saint-Romain is an historic village. It rests at the base of an ampitheater of limestone cliffs, approximately 5 km west of Meursault, at elevations of over 1000 feet. Maison de Montille was formed in 2003 by siblings Alix and Étienne de Montille as a micro-negociant making white Burgundy from known high-quality growers. The family’s prestigious Domaine is famous for its Volnay and other red wines, so the pair created the maison to balance production.
The 2016 Saint-Romain shows aromatic notes of citrus, snappy apples and a hint of spice. The palate is clean, elegant and balanced. The finish, long and lively. Decant if drinking soon, it’ll be at its best from 2022-2030
2017 was a fine vintage for all in Burgundy, with some comparing the reds with the stellar vintages of 2002 and 1999. In the even better news department, there was plenty of it!
Pommard is a signature Pinot Noir-growing village within the Côte de Beaune. It sits just between Beaune and Volnay. It has a long, well earned reputation for producing red Burgundies with powerful aromatics and sturdy structures. Pommard wines age very well. Jean Baptiste Bouzereau represents the seventh generation of a family of Burgudy growers with prized vineyards, mainly in Meursault. His talents are not confined to white wines, as he farms Pinot Noir vineyards in Volnay, Beaune and Pommard. The lieu-dit “Les Cras,” sits on the plain just southeast of the village.
This 2017 shows classic aromas of dark berry fruit, cherry pits and earthy mineral. The palate is concentrated and coiled, begging for time to work its magic. This will be at its best from 2025-2038.