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Monthelie


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The wine labeled as Monthelie is produced in the commune of the same name, which is about 1.2 square miles. About 300 acres are planted with grapes, mostly Pinot Noir, although a small percentage of white wine is also produced. There are no Grands Crus in Monthelie, but there are 15 Premiers Crus. Some blended Premier Cru, labeled simply as Monthelie Premier Cru, appears occasionally.

Pinot Noir in Monthelie makes wine of a pleasant cherry character with very little intensity or structure, but good aging potential nonetheless. There is also some Chardonnay. Much of the wine is sold at affordable prices, except for that of a few boutique producers that try to mark up their wine significantly.

History

Like many of the "second-wave" Burgundy appellations, Monthelie was granted recognition in 1970. Since then, it has gained a reputation for producing some very well-priced Burgundy, and due to further advances by many producers, is now one of the best appellations for red wine in the Côte de Beaune.

Climate and Viticulture

The village of Monthelie is located close to Auxey-Duresses and even closer to Volnay, in about the dead center of the Côte de Beaune. As a result, its wine-producing climate is excellent, with both wonderful weather and good concentration of limestone. However, it doesn't reach the lofty heights of some other villages due to its rather small size; indeed, Monthelie contains none of the most well-located vineyards. The climate is of similar quality to Auxey-Duresses.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

While the Monthelie appellation is generally reliable, five producers stand out in terms of both quality and general availability. The fourth producer, Château de Puligny Montrachet, is Monthelie's greatest white wine producer.

Subregions

While no Grands Crus lie within the boundaries of Monthelie, there are plenty of Premiers Crus to go around. The total number comes to no less than 15.