Domaine de Montille

And tasting his wines at Montreal Passion Vin


The Domaine de Montille is one of those wineries whose wines tend to polarize people. Their wines make no concessions to the immediately drinkable, lush, and rich wines that are favored by many critics these days. Instead the de Montilles continue to make wines that speak of their place and season.  Traditions begun by the father, Hubert de Montille, are now faithfully carried out (since 2001) by the son, Etienne,, who continues to create Terroirist Burgundies of the highest order.

And therein lies the rubs, well just a little bit of it. Many people heap acclaim on the wines of de Montille based more on philosophy, as opposed to the wines themselves.

What to expect: Burgundy

The incredibly complex and elegant expression of Pinot Noir is Burgundy's grand allure. No other wine region has been able to coax so much from this fickle grape. With its gentle structure cloaked in wonderfully precise yet transparent fruit tones that range from cranberry to black cherry, Burgundy is a wine that reveals itself slowly. Traditional techniques used in the region, such as including stems in the fermentation and utilizing neutral wood barrels for aging, allow the wine to achieve a level of complexity that few can match.
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Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not knocking the wines. I am knocking some of the reviews and comments on the wines in their youth. In our rush to embrace the “right” way of doings thing, to our minds, sometimes we loose sight of what is being done.

If you’re going to be telling everyone how good they are the least you can do is prepare people for the de Montille experience. I was fortunate to be able to catch up with Etienne at the recent Montreal Passion Vin and spoke with him briefly about the world of wine, of of course Burgundy.

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  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Thanks for this good info on Montille, Greg. Would love to see more Snooth time on the good and great Burgundies, whenever possible...

    Jan 07, 2010 at 3:38 PM

  • Never been much in to Burgundies but this is giving me a new outlook. Thanks for your wonderful information here.

    Jan 07, 2010 at 6:39 PM

  • Snooth User: cigarman168
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    Glad to see that recommendations on Bur Wines. This region is one of my focus area for wines. It should have lots of potential to grow.

    Jan 07, 2010 at 9:34 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Forgot to say earlier that I think this series of interviews you're doing with winemakers is a very good thing, and it might be meaningful to archive them separately, on their own, as well as embedded in the articles. If you continue with the series, they will likely turn out, over time, to be a useful resource.

    Jan 07, 2010 at 11:40 PM

  • Travelling around France and logging in occasionally to Snooth for background. Addresses would be helpful so we can pop them into the GPS.

    Jan 08, 2010 at 3:55 AM

  • Pity about the video - can't see the chap's face... good to hear from him though

    Jan 08, 2010 at 5:57 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Sorry about the lighting in the video. This was very spur of the moment and I just barely cornered Etienne.


    We'll be working on that once the library grow, and keep an eye out for my own tasting videos. They should start popping up on the site sometime early in February. Should be a lot of fun!

    Andoya, many producers have included their addresses on their detail page. De Montille has not but if you look at Jadot, for example, you can find all of their information.

    Jan 08, 2010 at 12:02 PM

  • Snooth User: Philip James
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    DM - We're upgrading the video player first to allow the users more control over the playback. And then, eventually, a library will make a lot of sense.

    Greg's video's will certainly be entertaining!

    And, don't forget we also have the live streaming tasting coming up. All in all, you'll start seeing a lot more video on the site.

    Jan 08, 2010 at 1:08 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    All interesting news, Greg and Philip, and this marks another milestone for Snooth in its growth. Congrats, and I'm looking forward to more.

    Personally, though, I'm most interested in the actual content rather than its form, per se. Hopefully these producer interviews can elicit an ongoing series of useful insights regarding winemaking philosophy and practice that will prove interesting both comparatively, and on their own...

    Jan 08, 2010 at 8:00 PM

  • Snooth User: rshan
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    I believe Hubert's daughter is the wine maker if memory serves for the Duex de Montellie and thank goodness for it.

    Another familiy of interest to pursue is The Hubert Lignier in Moery St Denis and of particular note is that I hear that the widow of his son , an American from Albuquerque, is the wine maker now.

    Jan 09, 2010 at 12:21 PM

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