The grapes to produce the Montagny 1er Cru “Les Burnins” Domaine Stéphane Aladame were hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, and the must was allowed to settle before fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in old oak barrels where it also underwent full malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 12 months before it was bottled to add texture and complexity and no new oak was used in order to preserve the purest expression of the fruit.
The fruit for ‘Les Burnins’ is sourced from old vines planted in Montagny 1er Cru in 1923. The clay-limestone soils and the south exposure of this 0.3 ha single vineyard situated at 300 metres altitude give concentrated wines with a ripe profile and textural complexity.
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.