Puligny- Montrachet 1er Cru " Les Champs Gains"
Puligny-Montrachet is the heart of the slopes that make great whites. With 17 vineyards classified as Premier Cru and four as Grand Cru, Puligny shares with Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursualt, the most perfect expression of Chardonnay.
Puligny-Montrachet is one of the most sought-after appellations of the Côte de Beaune. Here, only white wine grapes are planted. Along with this fact, Puligny differs from its neighbors Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, in that it produces wines with more marked minerality. Pulignys are firm, lively and tight. Their aging potential is significant. A must for fans of great chardonnay.
Ideally situated at the top of Mont Rachet, the Premier Cru "Les Champs Gains" is a classic representation of the appellation. The name of this parcel signifies "the fields reclaimed from the forest". "Les Champs Gains" benefits from a high altitude terroir (perched between 340 and 360 meters, near the hamlet of Blagny) that lends it a clear minerality. The vines, planted on shallow and rocky soil rich in clay and limestone, face southeast.
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.