Niellon, Michel

Domaine Michel Niellon

Michel Niellon, who began working with his father Marcel in the 1950's, has crafted more than 50 vintages of extraordinary wines.  The father-son team began domaine-bottling in the 1960’s and soon after, their 4-hectare estate was considered one of the very best in the village. Since 1991, Michel has shared vineyard and winemaking duties with his son-in-law, Michel Coutoux. Recently, Michel’s grandson Mathieu Bresson joined the winery as well. 

Today the winery has 7.5 hectares of vines, all in Chassagne-Montrachet. “We plow the vineyards for weed control and don’t use herbicides. For pest and mildew control, we practice lutte raisonnée,” explains Coutoux. Niellon does not like to wait too long before harvesting the grapes: it is preferable, he says to pick earlier rather than later.  “We take acidity into consideration first. Often we are the first in the village to pick at harvest time,” Niellon. 

Fermentations happen spontaneously in stainless steel tanks. After the primary fermentation, the wine is moved to barrels for malolactic and aging.  About 25% of the barrels are new and the total amount of new oak ranges from 20-30% depending on the cuvée. Niellon is a benchmark producer in the village of Chassagne and the wines have a classic style, expressing the terroir of each vineyard, striking a balance of crisp minerality with rich and ripe fruit.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB1427-16
Sustainable
Bourgogne "Chardonnay"
2016
Chardonnay
A relatively new cuvée. Planted in 2010, the first harvest was in 2013. Total production is 2,500 bottles.  
France Burgundy

DB1421-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains
2016
Chardonnay
Champgains is located at the crest of the slope between Chassagne and Puligny; the plot totals just under half a hectare, planted in 1988.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1423-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chaumées "Truffière"
2016
Chardonnay
This is one of Michel's favorite vineyards; it was named for the abundance of mushrooms found here, high on the slope near the forest. The... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1422-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroie
2016
Chardonnay
Selected from a parcel of vines planted in 1977, half to Chardonnay and half to Pinot Noir. This opulent wine has graceful structure and... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1425-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean
2016
Chardonnay
This parcel is located at the top of the slope west of the village, next to a large limestone quarry. This wine shows a lovely, youthful... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1426-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
2016
Chardonnay
Les Vergers is on the more gentle part of the slope north of the village of Chassagne, with clay and gravelly limestone soils. This climat... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1428-15
Sustainable
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
2015
Chardonnay
This famous grand cru has soils so rocky that Michel had to use small explosives when he replanted his plot of 28 rows of vines in 1970.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1430-16
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint Jean Rouge
2016
Pinot Noir
Clos Saint-Jean is planted almost entirely to Chardonnay, but the small section where Pinot Noir is grown has conditions very similar to... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1429-15
Sustainable
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
2015
Chardonnay
This is Michel's favorite plot. Purchased by his maternal grandparents, the parcel of 12 vinerows was planted by his father in 1927. It... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1421-15
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains
2015
Chardonnay
Champgains is located at the crest of the slope between Chassagne and Puligny; the plot totals just under half a hectare, planted in 1988.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1424-15
Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet
2015
Chardonnay
Sourced from several parcels, totaling just under two hectares; Michel is often the first to pick in his area, preferring good acidity for... Read More
France Burgundy