Montagny, Joseph Drouhin
Burgundy - France
Tasting Note: Fine-tuned white from this prestigious appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise, all apples and almonds, with a faint spritz of lemon and a fresh, green waft of fern on the nose.
Food Matching: Veal in white sauce suits it well, as do paellas and seafood gratins. Shellfish and noble fish fresh from the frying pan or grill are also accepted at an elegant pairing for this wine.
Vineyard: One of the four communes of the Côte Chalonnaise, also known as Region of Mercurey. Montagny is the southernmost appellation. The vineyards are planted on a series of hills in the shape of a horseshoe. The soil is limestone and clay. Vine are planted to a density of 10 000 stocks per hectare nad pruned using Guyot. Yield is 57 hl/ha, low on purpose, in order to reveal every nuance from the terroir.
Vinification: Grapes are purchased from vineyard owners who are trusted supply partners. Very slow pressing, to respect fruit. The juices from the last pressings are not used. The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment). Ageing in barrels (20% in new oak for a period of 6 to 8 months.