This 0.85 hectare parcel of Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru "Le Cailleret" is located in the mid-slope, to the north and at the same altitude of the prestigious Montrachet, just below Chevalier-Montrachet and just above the Premier Cru "Les Pucelles". It is named "Le Cailleret" because of its stony and rocky soils. Vines were planted in 1993. The Domaine de Montille has practised organic viticulture since 1995 and was certified organic in 2012. Since 2005 it has also converted to biodynamic viticulture.
The 2019 vintage started with an extremely mild winter, except for lower temperatures in the end of January and beginning of February. Spring frosts led to uneven flowering and irregular fruit set, but by July and August temperatures had become hot and dry, increasing concentration levels in the grapes. The summer months were very dry, and the yields were lower than normal due to the lack of water in the vineyards. However, this also resulted in smaller healthy berries and highly concentrated aromas and flavours.
Founded in the mid-18th century, this family-owned estate is one of the most historic in the Côte d’Or, with ninth generation Etienne de Montille now at its helm. Etienne inherited this responsibility from his late father, Hubert, whose tenure lasted a staggering 50 years. While 90% of the region’s production was sold to négociants, Hubert gained fame for his estate-bottled, long-lived and characterful wines. Etienne initially trained as a lawyer but was drawn back to Volnay where he invested in rebuilding the estate. He was a savvy buyer and the domaine now boasts 37 hectares across 35 separate appellations, making it one of the most enviable vineyard holdings in the Côte d’Or. Etienne was an early advocate of organic farming. In 1995 he introduced these principles to the estate’s vineyards. Biodynamic practices followed in 2005, and the domaine received ‘Ecocert Bio’ certification in 2012. Today, Etienne works with American-born chef de cave Brian Sieve, who has been with the domaine for over a decade.