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    Domaine de la Cadette "La Châtelaine" Vézelay Blanc '22


    Domaine de la Cadette "La Châtelaine" Vézelay Blanc '22

    It wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve never had a wine from Vézelay, south of Chablis, in Burgundy, as the wines are mostly destined for co-op production, so they are seldom estate bottled or of a quality level that equals that of its regional neighbors. Domaine de la Cadette, though, is a standout producer, focused on the sincere expression of its terroirs, and this bottling of Chardonnay is perhaps still the estate’s best known.

    Domaine de la Cadette was established by Jean Montanet and his wife, Catherine, in the late 1980s, when they began planting vines in their small village of Saint-Père, close to Vézelay. They have been farming organically since 1999, which was a notable commitment in an area where most wine is sold in bulk. Their son Valentin joined them in 2010 and now manages the domaine. Their vineyard land is in the Morvan, the mountain range that runs west by northwest of the famous Côte d’Or. The land here has been formed by the granite massif of the Morvan, uplifting a marl and limestone strata of fossilized marine deposits. The climate is slightly cooler than in Chablis, and the wines reflect the generous fruit character and deep mineral structure that the terroir can produce. 

    Vézelay has been recognized as its own appellation only since 2017, with the same status as other celebrated village names in Burgundy, and only for white wines. Previously, it was classified as a village that could append its name to Bourgogne AOP. The work of the Montanets deserves credit for helping with the achievement.

    The Bourgogne Chardonnay is aged for 7 to 10 months in stainless steel before bottling. The wine shows fresh aromas of lemon-lime zest, apple blossoms, white mushrooms, with a saline minerality and bright acidity on the palate. Refreshing and easy to drink, this is pure white Burgundy at a fantastic price. 




    Producer Domaine de la Cadette


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