2015 Domaine de la Cadette Bourgogne Rouge Champs Cadet
“In the village of Saint-Père, along a little creek to the southeast of Vézelay in Burgundy, a quiet, peaceful revolution is taking place. This part of Burgundy has been producing wines for centuries, but estate bottling still represents a relatively recent phenomenon here.” — Kermit Lynch
Planted by Jean and Catherine Montanet, with the aid of none other than Bernard Raveneau, Domaine de la Cadette is quietly transforming this sleepy backside Chablis village into an admirable extended arm of Burgundy.
Though Vézelay’s closest neighbor is the Burgundy appellation of Chablis, its soils are not the same. Instead of the Kimmeridgian soils characteristic of Chablis, Vézelay’s are shallow limestone. And upon these shallow limestone soils, the Montanet family produces a stunner of a Pinot Noir.
Let me be blunt: There is no mistaking how good this Bourgogne Rouge is, especially at its modest price. It’s a great testament to the vintage and the steadfast organic farming of Jean and Catherine, even in the face of serious challenges.
Pinots from this region are classically bright and angular, and the 2015 vintage adds serious depth to their beauty. Red currant, strawberries, cranberries, wet limestone and a touch of French countryside grace the nose of the wine. Its palate is fresh, a fun-loving tartness yielding to a plush mid-palate ripe with Mother Nature’s 2015 Burgundy bounty. Its perfect to drink right off the cork pull, and even better with just 30 minutes in the decanter. Serve with your favorite simple picnic foods during these beautiful days — for me, bread, butter, pate and pickles — and celebrate what is surely one of your shrewdest Burgundy purchases of the year!