All the way at the southern tip of the Cote Chalonnaise lays the white wine value region Montagny which has been around since 1936. One thing has to be noted about Montagny concerns one of the major quirks of the appellation system. In order for a Montagny to attain 1er Cru status it has to be 11.5% alcohol. That is it. Inexplicable, but that is the law. So 1er Cru in Montagny does not necessarily mean better quality. In recent years though this has been kind of straightened out but 199 out of 298 ha have been classified as 1er cru, so the French have not really mapped labels to quality properly.There are more anomalies. There is a rule that states wines made in Montagny-les-Buxy, Buxy, St. Vallerin and Jully-les-Buxy all can be labeled appellation controlee Montagny, but only wines from the commune of Montagny-Les-Buxy can have a vineyard name printed on the label. Got it?
The wines can be rich and reminiscent of nuts and lovely flinty flavors. Always a stellar value and priced between $11 and $25 a bottle. But, one needs to avoid warm years like 2005, 2003 and 2009 as they can be flabby.
Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2008, 2007
Top producers (in no particular order) include:
- Domaine/Maison Stéphane Aladame
- Maison Deux Montille Soeur et Frère
- Domaine/Maison Jean et Jean-Marc Pillot
- Clos Salomon