Saint- Aubin 1er Cru " Sur Gamay"
Frequently in the shadow of Chassagne-Montrachet or Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin has managed a remarkable qualitative shift these last few years. With 113 hectares of whites (of which 87.5 are Premier Cru) and 50 hectares of red (of which 35.5 of Premier Cru), the appellation has nothing of which to be ashamed. To the contrary, these white limestone and clay soils make excellent white wines. The altitude varies between 300 and 350 meters, sometimes with significant slopes, oriented southeast or east, as is the Premier Cru "Sur Gamay". Alix de Montille makes four barrels.
The vines average 40 years old.
The hamlet of Gamay, which is part of the Saint-Aubin appellation, cultivates ambiguity with the variety of the same name. To avoid all confusion, some growers wish to see "Sur Gamay" rebaptised "Sous la Roche Dumay". Whatever it will be, in this parcel, which flirts with Puligny-Montrachet, chardonnay thrives very well.
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.