Domaine du Cellier aux Moines, Montagny 1er Cru (Burgundy, France) Les Combes 2020

($45, Misa Imports, Craig Baker Selection):  Montagny, a village in the Côte Chalonnaise just south of Burgundy’s famed — and expensive — Côte d’Or has always been an insider’s place to find affordable white Burgundy.  With ever increasing prices in Burgundy, it has become and even more popular place for those wines.  Domaine du Cellier aux Moines, a top producer in Givry, another under-the radar village in the Côte Chalonnaise, is best known for their stunning wines from that village, but has spread its imprint to other villages.  With this wine, certainly one of the best Montagny bottlings I’ve ever tasted, they catapult themselves to the upper echelon of Montagny producers as well.  It delivers an impeccably balanced combination of succulent fruitiness atop a stone-y base that screams Côte Chalonnaise.  It has good weight and concentration without being heavy or overbearing.  Its mouthwatering minerality makes this wine sing.
95 Michael Apstein Jan 3, 2023