Domaine Montanet-Thoden was founded in 2000 by Catherine Montanet of Domaine de La Cadette in collaboration with associate Tom Thoden. Though Catherine was still very much involved with La Cadette, she created the new domaine from her family’s vineyards, which express a character of their own due to slight differences in the underlying terroir. Additional planting in the early 2000s brought the total vineyard area up to eight hectares, which are now managed by Catherine’s son, Valentin.
Valentin Montanet’s Pinot Noir vines that produce this tasty Bourgogne are located in the Vézelay region, closer to Chablis than to Beaune. The Bourgogne Vézelay appellation is reserved for white wines, but Valentin is crafting convincing red wines here as well, using organically grown fruit, whole-cluster fermentation, and one year of aging and refining in older barrels. Of course, he also bottles his reds unfiltered.
This red burgundy is a very good example of a red wine from the Vezelay region. The end result is influenced by the fossilised limestone soils that are found here – giving the wines a lively minerality. Remember that this vineyard is just to the south of Chablis and shares some of the famous limestone from that region.
The grapes for this wine are hand picked from the small plots of vines, destemmed, fermented with native yeasts and matured in old oak barrels. Little sulphur is added to the bottle to maintain the freshness of the wine.