Domaine de Montille
Domaine de Montille is a Burgundy producer known for its Pinot Noir from highly regarded vineyards in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The family has an extensive history in Burgundy, and the estate has carried the Montille name since 1863. It sold grapes to negociants, which was the most common practice for vineyard owners in the early 20th century, and also sold off whole parcels of land that significantly reduced the size of the estate. Hubert de Montille inherited the remaining 2.5 hectares (6 acres) in Volnay and vinified the first vintage in 1947.
Montille turned the domaine into one of the top red Burgundy producers, starting with purchasing parcels of land in various communes along the Côte d'Or. By 2011, the estate had grown to 20ha (50 acres) with 75 percent of its land in premier or grand cru vineyards. Its most sought-after wines come from plots in Corton, Pommard, Vosne Romanée Aux Malconsorts and has grown to include plots of Chardonnay in Puligny-Montrachet's premier cru Le Cailleret vineyard as well. In the 1980s Hubert's son, Étienne, began working at the domaine followed by his daughter, Alix. In 2001 Étienne began overseeing Château de Puligny-Montrachet and in 2012 the Montille family bought it. Alix and Étienne also own the label Maison Deux Montille which has a focus on white Burgundy.
In the mid 1990s, Domaine de Montille began using organic farming practices. It took a turn towards biodynamicism in 2005 and was certified organic by a third party in 2012. The winery only uses indigenous yeast and heavily avoids chaptalization resulting in wines that are rarely higher than 12 percent abv. The use of new oak is also strictly controlled.