Domaine Monthélie-Douhairet-Porcheret

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Monthélie, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

  • Founded

    1700s

  • Farming

    Lutté raisonnée

This 300-year-old domaine located in the heart of the village of Monthélie is today directed by Cataldina Lippo, the granddaughter of André Porcheret who inherited the estate from his adoptive parent, the late “Miss” Armande Douhairet. I’ve been visiting regularly for several years now, and I’m consistently impressed by the wines’ progress: destemmed grapes, classical macerations and élevage with moderate percentages of new oak are the rudiments of what remains a fundamentally traditional approach, but under Cataldina’s fastidious tenure, the wines have become purer and more elegant, improving year in, year out. The core of the range are a number of fine Monthélie cuvées, but there are also several excellent bottlings from Pommard, Volnay and Meursault, all of which merit readers’ attention. For now, this estate and the talented vigneronne who directs it fly somewhat under the radar, but that’s sure to change.

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, July 2019
WineBlendVine ageSoil typeVineyard
area
Monthélie Cuvée Miss Armande Pinot Noir50 yearsClay & limestone 0.82ha
Monthélie Clos de Meix Garnier – monopolePinot Noir 60 yearsClay & limestone1.36ha

Viticulture & Vinification

  • Hand-harvested
  • Regular ploughing
  • 100% destemmed
  • 15 months élevage in traditional Burgundy pièce barrels
  • 10% new oak
  • No fining or filtration