The ownership of Burgundy vineyards can be complicated. Before the French Revolution, the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot was in the hands of one owner. Today, there are over 80. The Revolution and the Code Napoleon’s system of equal inheritances for heirs fractured Burgundy into many, many small parcels. Monopoles such as our Volnay Clos de la Chapelle are exceedingly rare.
So it’s an intriguing coincidence that one quarter of our vineyard holdings are bordered by the holdings of the highly-regarded Domaine de Montille. The De Montille family have been producing supremely traditional Burgundy for many years, and we see them working next to us in four 1er Crus—Volnay En Carelle, Volnay Taillepieds, Pommard Grands Epenots and Beaune Les Teurons.