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DOMAINE DU MONTEILLET, STEPHANE MONTEZ

LVT 2019 r 2018 wh A buzzy, modern outlook here, stimulated by Stéphane's work and experiences in the New World. There have been lashings of new oak in the wines, but that is reducing, and late 2010s reds have real stature, and come well recommended. Rich years can absorb the oak. Patience is needed - the reds are not for immediate drinking. The Cuvée du Papy Saint-Joseph red has genuine depth and the potential to live over 20 years or longer. Stéphane cites the ****(*) Papy 2015 as one of his most beau vintages of it since 1990, while the 2017 was both Rock n'Roll and serious, another ****(*) wine. There are wholesome white St-Josephs. The Condrieus have toned down from a ripe crop style, with the Chanson really performing well recently. Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places [raised 36 to 39 months] is usually a full wine that demands four or five years' cellaring, and is establishing a very high level of quality these days; it's a rare Grandes Places to contain 3% Viognier.

Stéphane has considerably increased his vineyard size since the mid-2000s, and the range includes a one hectare monopole - the only one at Côte-Rôtie - on the lieu-dit Bons-Arrêts in the southern sector at Tupin. This is extremely consistent and terroir-marked from one year to the next, carrying a Burgundian purity that Stéphane feels may be down to the site losing the sun around 5 pm in the summer. In December 2017, Stéphane bought a 20 hectare property at Cornas called the Domaine de Clarencon, which included 2.5 hectares of potential vineyards en friche [overgrown], at 350 metres. The part standing at Saint-Péray included 7.5 hectares of potential vineyards, also en friche.

Stéphane & Caroline Montez, father Antoine [still on his tractor] Le Montelier 42410 Chavanay

Tel: +33(0)474 87 24 57

http://www.montez.fr

stephane@montez.fr

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Belgium 3) Nl 4) Sweden - 2008: 1) GB 2) Japan, Ireland 4) Belgium, NL – before was 1) GB 2) Russia 3) Ireland, Switzerland

Percentage Exported: 55%, up from 50%

British Importers: J Goedhuis London; Swig, London (whites); Boutinot (Cuvée du Papy) Direct Wines Theale Reading RG47 4PL 0845 194 7720 www.laithwaites.co.uk Les Caves de Pyrène, Artington GU3 1LP www.lescaves.co.uk +44(0)1483 554750/538820 sales@lescaves.co.uk

USA Importers: Peter Weygandt Metzler Kysela Pere et Fils Ltd, Fran Kysela, 130 Windy Hill Lane, Suite W5-12/12A Winchester Virginia VA 22602 +1540 722 9228 www.kysela.com