Great Burgundy is an expression of the land, nurtured by Vignerons who understand and value these vineyards as living, breathing entities. Françoise Feuillat-Juillot is such a person. She was born into a winemaking family and virtually fell into a vat of wine as a young girl. In 1989 she partnered with a producer in Montagny-les-Buxy, a region that lies between the Cotes de Beaune and the Maconnais. Here she studied the land and learned how to draw every drop of beauty from it. In 2004 after the death of her partner she assumed Ownership of the Domaine and with only 4 employees produces 60,000 bottles of wine under the label of Domaine Françoise Feuillat-Juillot. Her wines are nothing short of wonderful.
Montagny is in the southern portion of the Cotes Chalonnais with SE exposed vineyards of Marl and Limestone soil. This provides the thumb-print of the wines from the region. Montagny only produces whites from 100% Chardonnay. The region was one of the first to receive French AOC status in 1939 and has 49 Premier Cru designations. This is a region that produces wines that have exceptional quality/price values and has gone somewhat unnoticed until recently.
Domaine Françoise Feuillat-Juillot produces six different Premier Cru Montagny each with their own individual charms. The 2014 is our particular favorite. It is an impeccably balanced wine, expressing bright fruit characters, floral notes, subtle spice, and a minerality distinctive to the region.
We were able to secure a handful of cases of the 2014 Domaine Françoise Feuillat-Juillot 1er Cru Cuvee Les Grappes D’Or from a small allocation that made its way into Connecticut. The wine is priced at $25.99 a bottle ($22.09 when bought by the case/mixed case) and represents a great value compared to those pricier wines from their northern neighbors in Beaune. With such limited amounts available it would be wise to stock up on this amazing wine before it is all gone and we have to wait for the 2015 vintage to arrive. Cheers!