“[Montagny] is potentially the best as well as most substantial white wine of the Côte Chalonnaise.”
-Clive Coates MW, The Wines of Burgundy
“[Who are some of the under the radar, up and coming producers we should all be excited about?] Maxime Cottenceau, who worked with Vincent Dureuil for a few years, I think is going to be a serious guy.”
-William Kelley, Wine Advocate
“Maxime Cottenceau, 24, trained with Vincent Dureuil (Rully), one of the best vignerons in southern Burgundy. With only two vintages under his belt, the young winegrower has already implemented practices worthy of the great estates: manual harvesting in small crates, slow pressing for more than three hours, and rigorous sorting. The aging in barrels lasts between eighteen and twenty months, including six months in tank. All cellar work takes into account the lunar cycles, and Maxime is committed to gaining organic certification. A domaine to follow.”
-Burgundy Today Magazine
Just south of Givry, in the Côte Chalonnnaise, lies the quaint village of Buxy. Historically, the wines from this village were a favorite of the Cluny monks and today, with its 12 century fortifications still intact, it is the heart and capital of the Montagny appellation. The southeast facing slopes of limestone and clay in this area has always been renowned for its Chardonnay, which is the only allowed variety. Maxime Cottenceau has deep roots in the village, where his family have been grape farmers for generations. After three years of working alongside Vincent Dureuil, one of Burgundy’s finest vignerons, Maxime decided against continuing in his family’s tradition of selling off their grapes and in 2018 started his own domaine from a 2.8 ha inheritance of their finest plots. Under Dureuil’s ongoing friendship and guidance, this rising star works fully organically and allows all of his wines to go through a long 20 month elevage before bottling. And like his mentor, Maxime has created white Burgundies of scintillating tension and clear terroir expression.