Montagny is the southernmost outpost of the Cote Chalonnaise, known by insiders as the source of some of the best value Chardonnay in Burgundy.
Francoise Feuillat-Juillot is the daughter of the highly regarded Mercurey producer, Michel Juillot. She grew up amongst the vines and barrels of her family domaine, before studying in Paris and completing a degree in oenology at Dijon University. She now has 14 hectares of wonderfully sited, mainly old vines, spread amongst 13 different premier crus in the viticultural amphitheater that is Montagny. She practices a very strict and meticulous form of sustainable “lutte raisonee”, works the soils mechanically and all grapes are picked by hand.
The finest of all is the 1er Cru Les Coeres. The vines were planted between 1940 and 1991 on a 260-meter high southeast facing plateau of Marne calcaire. It is entirely vinified in barrel (min. 10% new oak) and has wonderfully concentrated, generous, intense sculpted fruit with excellent freshness, tension and minerality. The outstanding vintage of 2010 is one of the finest examples of what pleasure pure, fresh mineral Chardonnay can bring to the glass