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2020 Irancy “Palotte”

Benoît Cantin
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Like many Burgundy vineyards of yesteryear, the Cantins’ best parcel—called Palotte—is planted to both Pinot Noir and another traditional Burgundian red grape, César. Usually blended in small amounts, César adds an element of dense, dark fruit, earthiness, and tannic structure to the brighter and more fruit-forward Pinot Noir. Also, as with many of the best Burgundian lieux-dits, Palotte is small (5-6 hectares) and split many ways (shared by nineteen domaines). The Cantins farm .07 hectares and produce just a few hundred bottles. We are lucky to get our hands on a few cases, so don’t miss this opportunity to experience beautiful, old-school, age-worthy red Burgundy from our newest domaine in the region!

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Pinot Noir, 10% César
Appellation: Irancy
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Benoît Cantin
Winemaker: Benoît Cantin
Vineyard: 30-40 years, .66 ha
Soil: Kimmeridgian limestone
Aging: Wines are aged in 228L oak barrels (15% new) for one year; The oak comes from the family’s own land and from the Les Bertranges forest.
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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