Montpalais is a 70 year old vineyard site, twice the age of winemaker Jean-Baptiste Ponsot, and the quality of fruit is clear in this magnificent, exceptional value alternative to the more famous names of Meursault and Montrachet.
Rully 1er, Montpalais
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Vineyard
Domaine Jean-Baptiste Ponsot was taken over in 2000 by Jean-Baptiste himself - 20 years of age. The family business started in 1954 with the Grandfather and now owns vines in the best soils of the appellation in which two-thirds Rully 1er Cru. In the vineyard, He employs organic practices but hasn't sought out certification. In 2005 Jean-Baptiste built a new winery - The wines are aged in barrels (30% new oak) for 12 months and then assembled in tank for a period of 3 to 6 months to keep maximum freshness. Jean-Baptiste quickly gained a local and international recognition. The soils in Macon and the Cote Chalonnaise share some common characteristics - Jurassic limestone soils dominant. In some villages, some soils assemblages content a high level of clay while others are Jurassic assemblages where hard limestones and softer marls alternate. Variations in the Maconnais landform has led to more diversity of soils like brown limestone, clayey, and sandy soils mixed with sandstone pebbles. Vines growing around Solutre are rooted in red marls that have been covered with limestone scree.
An ideal white Burgundy: rich, elegant and in perfect balance. On the nose, you'll find vanilla, white flower and a whiff of pineapple. Those flavors come through on the palate, but it quickly becomes apparent that this is a mineral-driven wine with a touch of flint.