Domaine La Croix-Montjoie, Tharoiseau

Domaine La Croix-Montjoie, Tharoiseau

Sophie and Matthieu Woillez created Domaine La Croix Monjoie in 2009 after an extensive search across France to find the perfect parcel of vines. They settled in the beautiful hamlet of Tharoiseau, where their winery has extraordinary views across the surrounding rolling countryside, towards the hill of Vézeley. The spectacular Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Abbey in Vézeley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major departure point for the Chemin de Saint Jacques pilgrimage. It was also the starting point for Richard the Lionheart to lead the third crusade in 1190. Vézeley is situated on the river Cure, a tributary of the Yonne, and positioned halfway between Chablis and Beaune. Vines have been planted on the rocky outcrops here since Roman times but the outbreak of phylloxera in 1884 almost wiped them out completely and just a couple of hectares remained by the 1960s. However a few enterprising vignerons understood the opportunity to replant on the south facing slopes which have perfect stoney clay and limestone soils. The Vézeley appellation was finally created in 2017 for Chardonnay and today there are around 100 hectares planted of Chardonnay and also a little Pinot Noir.

The domaine has fifteen hectares of vines and was certified organic in 2021. L’Impatiente comes from the young Chardonnay vines on clay soils. Aged 100% in tank, it is citrus, pithy and pure. ‘Enjoy with food you eat with your hands’, according to their daughter Valentine. L’Elégante is from calcaire soils and is a step up with more depth, flavour and minerality. 75% tank and 25% old barrels. The Bourgogne Rouge is juicy, forward and attractive from vines alongside the Chardonnay, near the domaine. The Irancy (twenty minutes away) is a collaboration with a local grower. There is a real intensity and depth of fruit here.