On the opposite flank of the Valvan valley to Vaillons, and with a deep soil of bleu d'argile (blue clay) and plenty of limestone rocks, Montmains is commonly held to produce textbook Chablis of minerality and verve. This is from 0.65 hectares of very old vines (70 years on average), in the lieux-dits of Les Monts Mains, Vaux Miolot and Les Bouts des Butteaux. There’s plenty of intensity this year tempered by chiselled definition, stony nuance and a tense, vibrant finish.
“The sample taken from tank has not yet fallen clear and has a grilled hazelnut reduction. However we can already see the quality in the generous depth of ripe fruit supplemented by a surge of energy at the back. Full-bodied, almost spicy, with a tasty. long finish.” 90-93 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
“That’s a much more focused start, citrus skin again, I can imagine the peel here. Deep, textured with a little tannin. Growing with intensity. Really big finishing. Long too – to wait for but excellent.” Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report