Burgundy Domaine Michel Niellon
Based in Chassagne Montrachet, Niellon first began making wine with his father in the 1950s, and has created a legacy of truly impeccable wines. Now, alongside his son-in-law, Michel Coutoux, and grandson, Matthieu, Michel works 7.2 hectares of vines, including plantings in Chevalier and Bâtard Montrachet. We are always delighted to be able to offer you Niellon's wines; they truly are some of the best in the Côte de Beaune.
Old vines, some of them 50 + years old, low yields and prime vineyard sites, to say nothing of the expertise of Michel Niellon himself, mean that these are wines that truly express their terroir.
Vineyard and Vinification
In the vineyard, Niellon follows the lutte raisonée principle (i.e only using pesticides and mildew control when absolutely necessary) and they plough to keep weeds under control. Retaining acidity is top of Niellon’s priority list, so they are often the first in the village to begin harvesting. Once in the winery, the grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation, usually in stainless steel tanks, after which the wine is put into oak barrels, 25-30% new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing.
New to our list in 2018-19 was Niellon’s Chassagne Montrachet. His village wine comes from two hectares of vines spread across 15 different parcels, ranging from 15 to 50 plus years old and from a variety of soils; half fermented in tank and the other half in barrel. Fresh, ripe, open and pure.
We are lucky enough to offer a range of Niellon’s wines en primeur, so please do check our current offers. If you do manage to get your hands on some, rest assured that these wines are always quietly powerful, with wonderful immediacy yet the wherewithal to age beautifully over many years.