Pommard 1er Cru "Les Grands Epenots"
Pommard is an appellation that makes wine lovers dream. Its 312.76 hectares of Pinot Noir (115 hectares of which are Premier Crus) cover two terrains : in the south (on the Volnay side), the wines are elegant yet powerful while in the north (closer to Beaune), the wines are silkier and airier. However, this rule has some exceptions, like "Les Grands Épenots", which is planted on a combination of clay and limestone that is rich and heavy. This Premier Cru initialized a request for reclassification to Grand Cru in 2012.
The words "epeneaux, épenots, epenottes" mostly certainly come from the same root as "épine", or spine. It is possible that there were previously patches of thorny bushes in the middle of the vineyard.
Our Pommard "Grands Épenots" is the most "Pommard" of our Pommards, showing its earthy, masculine side, which has impressive power despite the fact the nobility of the terroir gives it a certain refinement.
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.