Françoise Feuillat-Juillot is the daughter of the highly regarded Mercurey producer, Michel Juillot. She grew up amongst the vines and barrels of her family domaine, before studying in Paris and completing a degree in oenology at Dijon University.
She now has 14 hectares of wonderfully sited, mainly old vines, spread amongst 13 different premier crus in the viticultural amphitheatre that is Montagny. She practices a very strict and meticulous form of sustainable viticulture, works the soils mechanically and all grapes are picked by hand. Les Crêts is a 1-hectare east-facing monopole lieu-dit from 35-year-old vines on predominantly limestone soils.
Concentrated and minerally, the 1er Cru Les Grappes d’Or is a blend of five different premier crus on Marne calcaires, from vines dating back to 1950 and is fermented and matured 30% in 500-litre barrels, 70% in stainless steel.
Brilliant pale yellow. The discreet nose mingles mineral notes with aromas of dried fruit, with softly spicy notes and vanilla developing after airing. Superbly smooth attack on notes of grapefruit and yellow fruits. Supple and exceedingly well-balanced, this wine offers a fresh and lively finish on zesty notes.
Food pairing: Grilled sole, Fillet of sea bass in butter sauce.