Montmain

Montmain

Appellation: Côte Rôtie
Varietal: Syrah
Vineyard: Montmain
Orientation: Southeast facing exposure
Average age of vines: 30 years
Principal soil type: Schist rock with mica

Cédric Parpette’s father-in-law, René Fernandez, purchased 2.5 hectares of abandoned vineyard in 1986 and spent several years single handedly clearing and replanting the southeast facing slope named after the stream that cuts the hillside and gives this vineyard its enviable southern exposure, Montmain. The vineyard, a large, flat-paneled, precipitous slope, angled at 35° to 40° is in the direction of the morning and midday sun. There is little topsoil to speak of as the micaschist mother rock lies just centimetres below the surface. The parcel is in the very center of the appellation’s Côte Brune known for producing dark, compact, masculine wines.

Cédric’s wines are all about dark fruit expression, plush texture, medium body and silky tannins. They will age well but unlike many wines in the Côte Brune, they also can be thoroughly enjoyed in their early years.

Montmain fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

MontmainMontmain is all about dark plummy fruit, in addition to attractive notes of raspberries, fruitcake, spice, and underbrush of forest floor.