"Les Perrières" 1er Cru de Meursault

"Les Perrières" 1er Cru de Meursault

The appellation

Among the Premier Crus of Mersault, certain are considered "Grand" Premier Crus, such as "Charmes", "Genevrières" and certainly "Perrières". "Perrières" is the vineyard most often touted as the natural candidate for a possible promotion to Grand Cru.

The term "Perrières" evoques rocks and quarries. This terroir is packed with limestone rocks that give wine remarkable minerality, more than all the other Premier Crus of Meursault. In fact, on this point, the wine ressembles the great wines of Puligny, the village neighboring this vineyard.

Our 0.45 hectare parcel of Meursault "Les Perrières" is located in the upper part of the cru and gives dense and vertical wines. The aromas are, above all, mineral and stony but also offer generous complexity with floral notes (white flowers and hawthorne). The palate is concentrated and structured – almost firm. The tension and the persistance, which give this precise mineral character, are impressive. One often must wait five to seven years for this cru to fully express all of its possibilities.

This parcel has been farmed by Domaine de Montille since 2012. Before, it was under the care of the Château de Puligny-Montrachet.

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

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.