The fruit to produce the Montagny 1er Cru “Les Maroques” Domaine Stéphane Aladame was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, and the must was allowed to settle before fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in 100% old French oak barrels. The must underwent full malolactic fermentation and the wine was matured for 12 months before bottling.
Despite the fact that the name ‘Les Maroques’ is derived from the ancient French ‘marais’, which means ‘swamp’, this east facing single parcel of Montagny 1er Cru is situated at 300 to 330 metres altitude. The vines are aged between 20 and 58 years old and are planted on well-hydrated clay-limestone soils, resulting in wines characterised by a marked minerality. The 3.5 hectares plot has been farmed organically since the early 2000s.
Stéphane Aladame’s organic estate in Montagny is one of the stars of the Côte Chalonnaise. Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18 and has since earned an outstanding reputation thanks to his commitment, almost exclusively, to Premier Cru vineyards. Today, his bottles grace the tables of Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and abroad. Stéphane’s eight hectares are all farmed organically and harvested by hand, unlike the majority of Montagny’s vineyards which are dominated by cooperatives. Stéphane vinifies each vineyard separately in a small cellar under his house. The wines all display a serious, crystalline precision and unmistakeable vibrancy, which Stéphane attributes to the high limestone content and shallow soils in Montagny; in effect much closer in profile to Chablis than to the Côte d’Or. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and at considerably better prices.