Alix always presents a Bourgogne Blanc on her list. It comes from vines planted in the Côtes de Nuits, in the Côte de Beaune or in the Mâconnais, depending on the year. Chardonnay is the source of all great white wines in Burgundy. This "generic" Burgundy is from vines planted in parcels in Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, at the edges of the village appellations. This cuvée, the only blend from different villages in the line-up of the Maison, is a lovely surprise. It's major selling point? It's freshness.
The 15 barrels of Bourgogne from Alix spend less time in barrel (11 to 12 months) than her other wines. Two thirds are aged in barrel, none of which are new, and the other third is aged in stainless steel. The objective is to preserve the maximum freshness and focus on the fruit without trying to exaggerate any complexity. Other than this, the Bourgogne is made like all other whites from Maison; no favoritism is exercised!
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
Alix de Montille only selects parcels that align with her demands: controlled yields from carefully pruned and plowed vines. Nothing is purchased unless the parcel is sustainably farmed. Some vineyards are even in the process of being converted to organic viticulture. Alix works with fruit from approximately five hectares spread between the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise, the Mâconnais and Chablis. Almost 35,000 bottles are tagged "Deux Montille Soeur-Frères" every vintage.