Formerly a tiny 2.5-hectare estate in Volnay, this estate was brought to prominence by longtime steward, Parisian lawyer, and grand old man of Volnay, Hubert de Montille. He took over in the late 1940s when he was just 17 years old, after the death of his father, and was famous for an unforgiving mood and equally unforgiving wines. The star power of this domaine has continued to soar under the stewardship of Hubert’s son, Étienne, who has been in charge since 1995.
Étienne switched the domaine to organic and then biodynamic, and he exercised impressive partnerships to acquire the Château du Puligny-Montrachet and parts of the Thomas-Moillard estate. The Montille estate is now 37 hectares and has impressive holdings in such famed vineyards as Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos du Roi, Puligny Le Cailleret, and Chevalier-Montrachet.
Today the wines are made with a gentler hand, improved farming practices, and more attention to pick date. The result has been wines that are enjoyable throughout their entire aging curve, not just after a good amount of time in bottle.