"Les Grèves" 1er Cru de Beaune
The lieu-dit "Les Grèves" references its gravelly terroir, and the name could be considered a derivation of "graves", a type of friable rocks - like scree mixed with clay - to make a soil favorable to the cultivation of the vine. This rather large cru (covering approximately 20 hectares) is found in the heart of the slope and considered one of the best of the Beaune Premier Crus.
Given its surface area, there are probably several types of Beaune "Les Grèves". The best portion of the parcel, at the center of this AOC, is without question the famous "Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus" of the Maison Bouchard Père et Fils. Immediately following-on from this section toward the south is the Domaine de Montille portion (1.26 hectares).
The vines, planted on a lightweight, clay and limestone soil, enjoy optimal exposition. The Beaune Premier Cru "Les Grèves" is an extraordinary wine with rare finesse. We classify it in the "Grand Premier Crus", the Premier Crus that rival the Grand Crus.
The wines, the style
Domaine de Montille is known to craft wines with great aromatic purity, always favoring balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, produced in the most natural way possible and possessing an impressive ability to age, as the family believes only time can reveal the true potential of the greatest wines. 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 Arlot, DRC, Dujac and Leroy, to regularly vinify using a significant proportion of whole clusters, varying by cuvée and by vintage.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.