Domaine de la Cadette,

Burgundy & Beaujolais, France

Domaine de la Cadette has been making wine in their small village of Saint-Père since the 1980s. They began farming organically in 1999, a brave move in an area where most wine is sold in bulk. Like most parts of Burgundy, wine has been made here for centuries, but here estate bottling is still relatively recent. In fact when Jean and Catherine Montanet planted their first vineyards in 1987, their intention was to sell everything to the co-op.

They made the change to organic farming for the health of their vineyard workers, but noticed an increase in fruit quality and the wines became more interesting. They tried to convince the other members of their co-op to convert to organics too but were unsuccessful and the co-op continued farming with chemicals. Soon after the Montanets left the co-op to make wine of their own. Through their experience farming organically and caring for the vines they found they were able to do less and less in the cellar and like many vignerons in Burgundy it was a bottle of Marcel Lappiere’s Morgon that convinced them to work with less sulphur.

They lie just southeast of Vézelay, a stones throw from Chablis but the vines rest on different soils here. Instead of the famous Kimmerdigian soils of Chablis, the clays here are blue, gray and red. Sometimes the soils are entirely limestone, without clay at all. The climate is even cooler than in Chablis but there is plenty of sun, producing wines with generous fruit and fantastic minerality.  

Their son Valentin joined them in 2010 after working with Jean Foillard, Chateau Cambon and many other great domains. He now manages the winery, espousing his parents' philosophy of organic farming and natural vinification.

The wines are bottled under 3 different labels. Domaine de la Cadette is owned by Jean and Catherine Montanet and the wines are made by Jean Montanet with the help of son Valentin. La Soeur Cadette is the negociant where they use some of their own organic grapes and buy some more organic grapes from friends. Domaine Montanet-Thoden is owned by Catherine Montanet and Tom Thoden and the wines are now made by Valentin. All of these domaines practice organic viticulture, eschew pesticides and herbicides in the vineyard and work without additives in the winemaking process. Fruit is handpicked, wines undergo natural fermentation and only a small sulphur addition is made if at all. Some wines are lightly filtered.

 

 

 

 

 

Mâcon Chardonnay:
Fermentation in stainless steel tank, aged for 7 to 10 months in stainless steel before bottling. Named for the village of Chardonay where they grapes come from. This wine has a small bit of Chardonnay Muscadel blended into it, a local variety of Chardonnay.

 

Mâcon Villages: 

Fermentation in stainless steel tank. Aged for 6 to 10 months in stainless steel before bottling.

 

Juliènas:
Carbonic maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks then racked into barrel where it is aged for 9 to 10 months

Chènas:
Carbonic maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks then racked into barrel where it is aged for 9 to 10 months

 

 

 

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