La Châtelaine is a single-vineyard bottling, and if I’m remembering the story correctly, the image on the label is a woodcut that a family member once found when cleaning out their house—it was simply too beautiful to throw away.
If the Galerne is typique, then La Châtelaine highlights what may be the best terroir of Vézelay and why this little appellation is on the map in the first place. With a style that hews more closely to Chablis than to Côte d’Or, La Châtelaine shows off a mouth-coating, deep, earthy, mineral side. The 2015 vintage adds a bit of roundness and fruit, which gives a wine of great quality that far exceeds its price. –Clark Z. Terry
|Producer:||Domaine de la Cadette|
|Vineyard:||25 years, 13.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged for 7 to 10 months in stainless steel before bottling|
When Jean and Catherine Montanet planted their first vineyards in 1987, the fruit was destined for vinification in their very own cave coopérative, which saw its first vintage bottled in 1990. As general manager of the business, Jean quickly found his feet as a capable vigneron. Unable to fully express themselves as vignerons at the coop and determined to continue working organically, the Montanets finally split off and founded their own label, Domaine de la Cadette, taking their vineyards with them. Their son Valentin joined them in 2010 and now manages the domaine, espousing his parents' philosophy of organic farming and natural vinification to craft refreshing, mineral-driven whites and reds.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
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