The 40% pitch of Montmain and its pure mother rock soil are quintessential Côte Brune territory, farmed by fellow producers Cusel Roch and Stephane Ogier, among others. On the Côte Rôtie map symbol coded by rock type, this parcel along with its southern neighbor les Grandes Places is one of the most mother rock dominated sites of the entire appellation. This was the parcel that his uncle cleared and replanted himself to create the estate. Approximately 500 cases are produced per year. I’ve included Josh Raynolds’ impression of the 2013, although based on various input (cellartracker too), I have a feeling that maybe Josh confused his review of the two wines. In ’14, for example, the Montmain is more “approachable and fruit-driven” than the more tightly coiled le Plomb….
“Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry pit, cassis and licorice, with a suave floral overtone. On the palate, chewy dark berry and violet pastille flavors become spicier and livelier with air. Youthfully firm tannins give shape to the lingering smoky finish. Give this unevolved, slow-to-open but promising wine some bottle age.” 90+ points Josh Raynolds for the 2013 vintage, NOT THE ’14 OFFERED HERE