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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Monthelie, a village producing red and occasionally white wine in the Côte de Beaune district of Burgundy’s côte d’or (see map under burgundy). It is so dominated by wine production that local saying has it that a chicken in Monthelie is likely to die of hunger at harvest time.

The wines resemble those of volnay but are neither quite as rich nor as elegant, although they age well and are more powerful than those of auxey-duresses, the neighbouring appellation to the south with which the premier cru vineyard Les Duresses is shared. The other premier cru vineyards of Monthelie (which were expanded considerably in 2006) such as Meix Bataille and Champs Fulliot lie adjacent to Volnay. Some Chardonnay was planted in the 1980s, for Monthelie also borders the white wine village of meursault.