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2015 Bourgogne Vézelay Blanc “Le Galerne”

Domaine Montanet-Thoden

2015 Bourgogne Vézelay Blanc “Le Galerne” Domaine Montanet-Thoden - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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The first of many words to come to mind when I think of the Montanets and their wines is unpretentious. In an era of unfortunate and rampant “luxurization” of Burgundy, here is a family that has achieved enormous success in France, as well as in export markets the world over, yet manages to keep a modest approach in all they do. Value, drinkability, organic farming, and noninterventionist winemaking are the pillars of all their wines. How often are those words associated with Burgundy anymore? We’ve been working with the Montanets for nearly fifteen years now, a partnership that was a no-brainer, given that Bernard Raveneau first taught Jean Montanet the techniques and importance of getting things right in the vineyard before anything comes into the cellar, and it was Marcel Lapierre who showed Jean the splendor and purity of natural winemaking. It has always been and remains a great pleasure to work with Jean and his son Valentin, both of whom are ever smiling, ever optimistic, and quick to joke at their own expense. But don’t be fooled. Their wines—every last one of them—are world-class, serious, and, most important, delicious Burgundies.

The 2015 Bourgogne Vézelay Blanc “Galerne,” from their Montanet-Thoden label, is grown on the ancient limestone soils that put Vézelay on the wine map. That limestone provides a Chablis-like precision, and the local northern wind (Galerne) on this parcel keeps the grapes dry and ripe, giving ample body and character, too. Here’s the perfect representation to show why Vézelay has its own appellation. –Chris Santini

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Vintage 2015
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Chardonnay
  • Appellation Bourgogne
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • Vineyard Planted mid-90s, early 2000s, 6 ha
  • Soil Clay, limestone
  • Winemaker Catherine & Valentin Montanet
  • Aging Vinification and élevage entirely in stainless steel
  • Farming Organic
  • Alcohol 13.5%





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