- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
This 4.5-hectare domaine was founded by the Changarnier family in 1720, 69 years prior to the French revolution. The family recently unearthed documents showing that one of their predecessors was born in 1629 in Monthélie, and worked in the fields for the monks of the Citeaux Abbaye. Today, the domaine is owned by brothers Claude and Antoine Changarnier and has been managed by the estimable Fabrice Groussin since 2015. Fabrice runs the vineyards organically and biodynamically, producing 25,000 bottles from 10 different appellations. The whites are fresh and elegant – the use of just 10 - 20% new oak and larger foudres ensures they have a lovely texture that emphasises the village rather than the barrel maker. The reds are equally refined, with grainy tannins and a lovely balance.
We are delighted to have four Monthélie from this fine domaine, two whites and two reds.
The Monthélie white comes from the younger vines of the estate (20 years old on average) which are farmed organically. The wine is partly aged in Austrian oak barrels (15% new) and amphora, which represents 20% of the total blend. The resulting wine displays vibrant citrus fruit and fresh acidity, and is both immediately accessible and suitable for ageing. Monthélie “le Clos” is a classic Côte de Beaune Chardonnay from a single plot which used to be the domaine’s garden. The wine is concentrated but balanced by excellent acidity and is aged in 228L barrels to add complexity and weight.
For the reds, Pierrefitte comes from a lieu-dit situated at the top of the hill at 325 metres above sea level. It was made using 15% whole-bunch fermentation and 20% new oak. The wine has lovely depth and power, its flavour accentuated on the finish by a lively acidity. The Meix Batailles 1er cru is 200 metres south of Pierrefitte but on a totally different type of soil. The Meix Batailles has deeper limestone clay soils which produce wines with greater richness than the chalky marl of Pierrefitte. Fabrice didn’t use any whole bunches for the Meix Batailles, but aged the wine in 20% new oak for 12 months. It is already more supple and forward than the Pierrefitte.
The fruit for Monthélie Village Blanc is sourced from a small block of 20-year-old Chardonnay vines located on west-facing slopes at 200 metres above sea level. The soils are deep and predominantly clay.
The 2020 vintage commenced with ideal mild winter conditions - cold and wet and perfect for sap descent and pruning. Spring saw perfect climatic conditions that resulted in a healthy vegetative stage. Temperatures soared by summer and the region encountered virtually no rainfall at all, resulting in some of the vines suffering from heat stress. However, regular winds refreshed the vines and prevented the development of diseases.
The grapes are handpicked and transported in small baskets. They are then press and fermented in barrels. 20% of the wine is aged in new oak for a year, then 4 months in tanks before bottling in January next year.
A young, fruity wine. It boasts fruity aromas of yellow apple and apricot, balanced with buttery tones of vanilla and oak.