Aline Beaune didn't come out of nowhere. She had been working alongside Ludovic Pierrot (a rising star himself) at the l’Abbaye de Santenay for over a decade when a small plot of vines in Montagny became available. The 5 hectares of land did belong to Aline’s family, but they had never made wine and instead had been leasing them out for many years. When that long term lease ended in 2018 Aline asked if she could take over and presto: a new domaine was born! Montagny is near the southern edge of the Cote Chalonnaise and is often overlooked in the pantheon of great Chardonnay villages. But the geology, climate and expositions here are very similar to some other communes that have attached “Montrachet” to their names. So when you combine top notch terroir with a talented and passionate grower like Aline you have everything you need for some great White Burgundy that really punches above its price point. Aline is in the process of converting the parcels to fully organic farming, and using biodynamic treatments to help along the way. In the cellar she has a very light touch and seeks to emphasize fruit, minerality and a taught structure. Those who like reductive winemaking will notice subtle hints of matchstick, but that is quickly enveloped by pretty, elegant layers of fruit, flowers and citrus zest.
Crisp , Floral , Minerally