2016 Thierry Glantenay Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes

Excellent example of Premier Cru Volnay farmed by a younger generation of a highly respected grape-growing family in Cote de Beaune.

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Thierry Glantenay is the latest of his family to take up custodianship of the family's many plots in Côtes de Beaune.

A reserved and measured character, Thierry farms highly-prized pristine grapes from old vines on the most sought-after vineyards in the region. While much of his produce goes to bigger name producers (Dominique Laurent and Lalou Bize Leroy), his personal wines are considered hidden gems of Volnay and Pommard.

He keeps crop levels low and quality high in the vineyard, and crafts high-tensile wines with no more than 25% new oak in any cuveé.

The 'Clos des Chênes' comes from two parcels of fruit - one planted in 1938, the other in 2000. Around 30% whole clusters are used in the ferment creating a wine of lift and elegance with formidable structure that will certainly reward the patient.

Surface area: 1.79 hectare
Age of vines: 20-80 years
Plots: The Aussy, The Little Gamets, The Gigotte, The Buttes, Robardelle, The Big Poisots, Ez Echards, The Combes.
Vineyard: planting density of 10,000 plants per hectare, yield of 50 hectoliters per hectare.

Terroir: clay-limestone and loamy soils. Basements composed of argovian limestone marls. Vineyard exposed east-south-east.
Vinification: 100% manual harvest with rigorous and systematic selective sorting at the plot then in the vat room. 100% destemming. Maceration in cold stainless steel vats for 7 days, regulation of temperatures. Reassembly and punching daily, vatting for 21 days.
Aging: on fine lees in oak barrels (20% new) for 15 months. Old-fashioned racking at the broquereau. Bottling at the estate without filtration or gluing.

Pairing: poultry, turkey terrine, scrambled forest eggs, veal liver with chanterelle mushrooms, rabbit with mustard sauce, mild cheeses.
Keep: some vintages can be enjoyed with pleasure in their youth. All will age at least five years.
Service: recommended temperature 16 ° C.
Production: the annual production varies between 9000 and 11000 bottles.

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