2018 Domaine Georges Glantenay Volnay Vieilles Vignes
I confess that I was suspicious. I didn’t know what to expect from the wines of Domaine Georges Glantenay. What I got amazed me. They may be my best Burgundy deal of the last five years.
Domaine Georges Glantenay is comprised of parcels from eight hectares in the appellations of Volnay, Pommard, Monthélie, Meursault, and Chambolle-Musigny. The owners of the domaine are a young brother and sister, Guillaume and Sarah Glantenay, the descendents of a family which began making Burgundy in the 17th century. They received the estate from their father with the 2013 vintage, and have since made names for themselves across Burgundy. Now the fruits of their labor have arrived here.
Guillaume and Sarah make their village Volnay from 11 plots of 50-year-old vines. They cultivate their vineyards without pesticides and herbicides, harvest their vines manually, and select its grapes rigorously. They vinify the wine in stainless steel vats and age it in French oak barrels for 15 months.
Guillaume and Sarah’s 2017 Volnay is a little masterpiece of Burgundy. Its color is luminous ruby. Its bouquet is big, sweet, and spicy, evoking violets and ripe cherries. Its palate is silky, savory, and earthy, with a great attack of blackberry and red currant. Its fine tannins and fresh acidity complement the wine’s ample fruit and round and velvety texture.
This 2017 Georges Glantenay Volnay is among my best deals of the past five years. It really should be one of yours.