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Chateau Cary Potet Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Burnins' 2018

Appellation
Montagny
Region
Cote Chalonnaise
Vintage
2018
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Overview

From the southern reaches of the Cote Chalonnaise, the wines of Montagny are among the best value in White Burgundy. With a unique and dusty minerality that many compare to a suave left-bank Chablis, the wines also profit from their southern position, so ripeness and maturity yield seductive and charming Chardonnay. This premier cru ‘Les Burnins’ has a mineral attack with orange blossom floral notes and spicy round fruit. Rich and smoky, with green apple acidity and a touch of butter. Good long finish carried by the minerality.

Producer

CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY

Cote Chalonnaise

The Chateau de Chamilly sits in a verdant hidden valley in the very north of the Cote Chalonnaise, 20 minutes south of Beaune. It was built in the 17th century, raised up on the foundations of a 14th century fortified farm. It was bought by the Desfontaine family, the present owners, at the beginning of the 19th century, including the surrounding farmland.

The Desfontaine family can trace its vineyard and winemaking ancestry back at least 12 generations. They are understandably attached to the old stones, the land and the life and hard work that goes with it. Their motto is ‘Ex Nihilo Nihil’: Nothing comes from Nothing.

Today, Xavier and Arnaud work with their mother Veronique to produce wines primarily from the Cote Chalonnaise (Mercurey and Montagny), but produce wines from the Cote d’Or as well (a Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Sous le Puits’, a Saint Aubin 1er Cru ‘Derriere Chez Edouard’ and a Fixin 1er Cru ‘Clos du Chapitre’ and a Grand Cru Corton.

They describe their primary work as limiting as much as possible the traditional treatment of the vine. They are not actively looking for an organic farming certification, because they believe that the subject is so vast that their work would be impeded. They prefer their own instincts to any codified system.

They are adamant that each vineyard and thus each wine is different. So their goal is to keep things simple and healthy, and let the vineyard express itself. The very notion of ‘terroir’.

Harvest is done by hand, and there is always a carful sorting of the grapes before they enter the winery.

All red wines and some of the whites are raised for 18 months. 12 in French oak and 6 ‘en masse’ (in tanks) to allow the wines to meld. The percentage of new oak is a function of the perceived richness of the wine and vintage.

They are looking for Pinot Noir that is fine and elegant. And Chardonnay that is pure and frank.

WINES

WHITE

Mercurey ‘Les Marcoeurs’

Montagny ‘Les Bassets’

Montagny ‘Les Reculerons’

Montagny 1er Cru ‘Les Burnins’

Montagny 1er Cru ‘Les Jardins’

Bourgogne Aligote

Puligny Mointrachet 1er Cru ‘Sous le Puits’

Saint Aubin 1er Cru ‘Derriere Chez Edouard’

REDS

Mercurey ‘Les Puillets’

Mercurey ‘Clos la Perriere’ Monopole

Mercurey ‘Les Monthelons’

Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise

Fixin 1er Cru ‘Clos du Chapitre’

Corton Grand Cru

Vintage

BURGUNDY 2018 VINTAGE

There has been talk over the past year of the 2018 vintage in Burgundy being one of the greatest of all time.  Comparisons with the mythical 1947, and all that.  But let’s be careful and take a closer look.

We’ve tasted some marvelous wines, both white and red, and from all of the appellation levels.  Purity and concentration would be the key words across the board.

But lest we forget, 2018 was the hottest vintage in Burgundy since 2003.  And frankly, we were expecting wines like we got in 2003: flabby whites and Cote du Rhone-like reds.  But that did not happen.  And the secret to understanding 2018 Burgundy lies in understanding the difference between these two very hot years.

If you look at 2018 from start to finish, not only was it hot, it was dry: 50% less precipitation than the annual average over the past 30 years. However, if you were here in the early part of the year, you’ll certainly remember the rain. ​

After a very dry summer in 2017, winter 2017-18 was wet. It rained nearly every day through March and into April.  And the vine was slow to bud.

That all changed in the middle of April. Wet soil and higher temperatures brought on explosive growth in the vineyards that the vignerons had a tough time keeping up with.  In a week we went from bud burst to unfurled leaves.

The first flowers burst in mid-May. The crop set regularly with very little disruption, and summer settled in. The early wet conditions followed by April’s warmth saw the onset of mildew, but the fungus never stood a chance.

It was a hot and sunny summer. Some would say it was a heat wave and a drought. And we started to see signs of stress in vineyards in certain sectors. Things were better where there was a little rain.  But August was bone dry. In fact, there was no rain from June 15th to the end of October.

It was about this time that comparisons to 2015 cropped up. You could see ripeness rapidly approaching, and there was talk of harvest starting at the end of August.

The vines were incredibly healthy; no moisture means no threat from mildew or odium. No rot.  Good ripeness.  ​

And, for the first time since 2009….a normal yield! So, let the harvest begin!

And it did, in the last days of August.  What was most astonishing right from the start was that the perceived acidity levels seem OK.  Granted, there’s no malic acid, but the levels of tartaric acid seem to be compensating, and there is an over-all impression of balance. 

Also amazing was the amount of juice the crop produced.  Not only was the yield bigger than the past 10 years’ average, but the amount of juice set a record for Burgundy.  So there will be a lot of 2018 around.

And all this in a year that felt more like the south of Spain than Burgundy as we know it.  The only thing we can attribute the quality of 2018 to is the abundant winter rains, and the vine’s ability to go searching for water when it needs it.

Appellation

MONTAGNY

COTE CHALONNAISE

At the southern end of the Côte Chalonnaise, four villages (Buxy, Montagny lès-Buxy, Jully-lès-Buxy and Saint-Vallerin), have been banded together as a single Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée since 1936. Hereabouts, as in the Côte de Nuits or at Chassagne-Montrachet, wine growing and stone quarrying amicably share the landscape. Buxy, with its 12th century fortifications, is an important heritage site and retains its independent spirit. The wine, grown only from Chardonnay grapes, breathes freshness and clarity. The monks of Cluny preferred it to any other.

Wines

Montagny produces white wines only. To the eye, these wines present the classic features of a burgundian Chardonnay: limpid, pale gold color with green highlights when young, darker gold color with age. Their aromas are acacia, mayflower, honeysuckle, bramble flowers, and sometimes violet and bracken. Of the livelier scents, lemon balm and gunflint may be added. Hazelnut, white peach and ripe pear would not be surprising, either. In the mouth, the wine is always fresh, frisky, and rich in spice Refinement and delicacy are matched to a durably structure.

Terroirs

Facing east and south-east these hillsides of Bajocien limestone are planted with vines at altitudes of 250-400 meters. Marls and marly limestones of the Jurassic lias and older trias (200 million years BC ). The gravelly lower Triassic, which surfaces at Buxy, is in contact here with the Kimmeridgian limestone that dominates in the geology of Chablis.

Color

White Wines only – Chardonnay

Production surface area

1 hectare (ha) = 2.4 acres

326.44 ha (including 201.54 ha Premier Cru)

Food

Subtle and rich in nuance, Montagny can be matched with foods of comparable balance and aromatic intensity. White meats in cream sauce suits it very well. As seafood, steamed or poached crustaceans, and noble fish are well-suited. As for cheeses, it brings out the best in goat cheeses, Beaufort, Comté, Emmental

Appellation

Premier Cru

Champ Toizeau

Chazelle

Cornevent

Creux de Beaux Champs

L'Epaule

La Condemine du Vieux Château

La Grande Pièce

La Moullière

Le Clos Chaudron

Le Cloux

Le Clouzot

Le Vieux Château

Les Bassets

Les Beaux Champs

Les Bonneveaux

Les Bordes

Les Bouchots

Les Burnins

Les Chaniots

Les Chaumelottes

Les Coères

Les Combes

Les Coudrettes

Les Craboulettes

Les Garchères

Les Gouresses

Les Jardins

Les Las

Les Macles

Les Maroques

Les Paquiers

Les Perrières

Les Pidances

Les Platières

Les Resses

Les Treuffères

Les Vignes Derrière

Les Vignes des Prés

Les Vignes longues

Mont Laurent

Montcuchot

Montorge

Saint-Ytages

Sainte-Morille

Sous les Feilles

Vigne du soleil

Vignes Couland

Vignes Saint-Pierre

Vignes sur le Cloux

Lieux Dits

Cruzille

Davenay

La Corvée

La Groule

La Pallue

La Tillonne

Le Corbeau

Le Creux de la Feuille

Le Curtil

Le May

Le May Cottin

Le May Morin

Le Reculleron

Le Reuilly

Les Beaucons

Les Betaux

Les Brus

Les Chazelles

Les Cloux

Les Corbaisons

Les Crets

Les Dazés

Les Echeliers

Les Guignottes

Les Joncs

Les Marais

Les Pendars

Les Plantats

Les Préaux

Les Prés

Les Rougereaux

Les Thilles

Les Varignys

Les Variniers

Les Vignes Sous l'Eglise

Montagny

Prés Berceaux

Sous les Roches

St Vallerin

Vignes Dessous

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