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Monthélie

Location

The village of Monthélie is located seven kilometers southwest of Beaune and has currently 194 inhabitants. Its territory covers an area of 314 hectares in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, between the villages of Volnay, Meursault and Auxey-Duresses.

History

Courtépée evokes the opinion of one writer that explained Mount Olye came from the Celtic language and meant "height on the road." This etymology has one merit, that of likelihood. The fact that it is entirely consistent with the topography, Monthélie is situated on the hillside of a hill facing south-west.
The village is very old, we discovered a Gallic cemetery at a place called "Les Cras". Our village and its vineyards have been for five centuries, from the 10th to the15th century, under the control of the Cluny Abbey, following the donation made in 1078 by the Duke of Burgundy Hugues first. Since November 21st 2007, Monthélie has been part of the major European network of sites clunisiens.

Monthélie is one of the most picturesque wine communes in Burgundy, with its narrow streets and its houses of a venerable age, alongside winemakers’ modern residences. The village appears to be a living gallery of ancient and modern Burgundy with in the center the castle and its characteristic tower with polychrome tiles, and the church and its bell tower of the same tiles. This Romanesque style, built in the late 12th century, is classified as a site clunisien. It was enlarged and remodeled in the 14th century. Its roof was redone in lava and is particularly successful, the work of "contemporary laviers" noteworthy and encouraging.

Characteristics of Monthélie wines

The red wines of Monthélie are well colored. They develop strong aromas inspired by black and red berries (cherry, blueberry, black currant), moss undergrowth of oak.
Their flavors reveal a rather sharp astringency and sweetness that convey an elegant charm.

The 1st Cru appellations are full bodied and robust with a strong tannin and a pronounced bouquet.

White wines have golden shades and green hints when young, they are very similar to their neighbours in Meursault : fresh almond nose, great mellow, noted by the acidity necessary to sign the great wines.

The Monthélie red wines are bodied to last long in time. Those wines can be kept at least ten years in normal years and up to 25-30 years when crops are famous, concentrated or tannic, usually in warm years and especially for the 1er Cru appellations. White wines should be drunk between 3 and 8 years, the amateurs know that waiting is even more important when conditions of great years are assembled.

Gastronomic agreements

The combined power and fineness of the red Monthélie will allow to choose foods with these levels in terms of flavours : roast lamb, game birds, rabbit and especially poultry in sauce. Serve at 15°C. For cheeses : Brie, Reblochon, St. Nectaire.

White wines will accompany perfectly poached fish, dumplings and hot starters and strong cheeses : blue cheeses, Livarot and Epoisses. Serve around 12°C.

The vineyards and its wines

The vineyard of Monthélie extends in 158 hectares, separated into :

  • 42 acres of regional appellations
  • 108 hectares of A.O.C. Monthélie communals
  • 31 hectares of A.O.C. Monthélie communals 1er Cru appelations

The 1er Cru appellations are harvested in the following climates :
La Taupine-Le Cas Rougeot-Le Château Gaillard-Le Clos Gautey-Le Meix Bataille-Les Champs Fulliot-Les Riottes-Les Vignes Rondes-Sur la Velle. All these climates are located next to Volnay.

The Duresses : located next to Auxey-Duresses.

The Monthélie red wines are all from Pinot noir while the white wines are produced with Chardonnay.

As in all villages along the coast, in geological terms we find very different soils depending on the climate. On Volnay side, we find the Bathonian calcareous soils with red soil for the 1er Cru appellations and marls on the peaks. On Auxey-Duresses side and in the Danay valley, there are some calcareous soils and limestone marls. In the bottom of the valley, there are old alluviums.



We can notice that Monthélie has practically no plain, all the vineyards are on the hillside. Many authors have reported that in Monthélie, there were only vineyards. The lack of arable land in the plain has given rise to a well known saying of the Côte de Beaune "A chicken dies of hunger in Monthélie at harvest time", hence the recent betrothal of doing business with Bresse chicken if Monthéliens do not want to be starving.

 

Domaine Dujardin 21190 Monthelie - Tel. : +33 (0)3 80 21 20 08

The Domaine Dujardin is a vineyard located in Monthélie (21, Côte d’Or) in Burgundy which produces large white and red wines as well as Crémant de Bourgogne. It is located in the heart of the great wines of the Côte de Beaune near Volnay, Meursault and Pommard. Our winemaking is traditional, to begin with the harvest is entirely made by hand and we have chosen not to overuse of fertilizers to maintain the necessary force without seeking an overproduction that would be detrimental to wine quality. Our red wines : Monthélie 1er Cru Les Champs Fuillot, Monthélie 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes, Monthélie, Beaune Les Beaux Fougets, Bourgogne. Our white wines : Meursault, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Bourgogne, Crémant de Bourgogne.
We are present all year on wine fairs in France.