Domaine de Montille Beaune Les Aigrots Premier Cru Blanc 2018
A fruit-driven, ample and generous wine that is accessible in its youth. De Montille's parcel 1er Cru Les Aigrots is 0.49 hectares located at the foot of the Beaune hill on a gentle slope. The name stems from the old dialect word "Argifolium", the name of a thorny scryb brush that historically grew in the area.
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The 2018 Beaune Les Aigrots Blanc 1er Cru has a clean, fresh bouquet of apple blossom, nectarine and light granite aromas, all well defined and nicely focused. The balanced palate delivers a fine bead of acidity, good weight and a slightly waxy texture. There is just a touch of salinity on the finish, completing this well-crafted and satisfying Les Aigrots Blanc.
While the city represents the epicenter of wine production in Burgundy, the term, “Beaune” also refers to the specific sub-appellation of the greater Côte de Beaune, whose vineyards climb up the pastoral slopes that border the city to its west. Originally founded as a Roman camp by Julius Caesar, the city of Beaune eventually became the seat of the dukes of Burgundy until the 13th century. Today it is home to top négociants such as Louis Jadot, Joseph Drouhin, Louis Latour, and Bouchard Père et Fils.
The appellation, dominated by Pinot Noir plantings, represents a lovely and charming place to begin to understand red Burgundy. Its sandy soils create light and supple, floral driven Pinot Noir. These wines are designed to be enjoyed within five to 10 years. The vineyards of Beaune span a broad swath of Premier Crus from Savigny-lès-Beaune to its border with Pommard.
Chardonnay acreage here has been increasing here in the more recent years.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.