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Chateau de Chamilly Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Jardins' 2015
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Chateau de Chamilly Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Jardins' 2015

Appellation
Montagny
Region
Cote Chalonnaise
Vintage
2015
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SKU: ECHAM02W-15
Overview

From the southern reaches of the Cote Chalonnaise, the wines of Montagny are among the best value in White Burgundy. With a unique and dusty minerality that many compare to a suave left-bank Chablis, the wines also profit from their southern position, so ripeness and maturity yield seductive and charming Chardonnay. This premier cru ‘Les Jardins’ is rich and grassy, with flinty minerality in the nose, and smoky minerality on the fruit. Lemon drop acidity and a touch of fat maturity are carried through the mid-palate onto a long mineral finish.

Producer

CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY

Cote Chalonnaise

The Chateau de Chamilly sits in a verdant hidden valley in the very north of the Cote Chalonnaise, 20 minutes south of Beaune. It was built in the 17th century, raised up on the foundations of a 14th century fortified farm. It was bought by the Desfontaine family, the present owners, at the beginning of the 19th century, including the surrounding farmland.

The Desfontaine family can trace its vineyard and winemaking ancestry back at least 12 generations. They are understandably attached to the old stones, the land and the life and hard work that goes with it. Their motto is ‘Ex Nihilo Nihil’: Nothing comes from Nothing.

Today, Xavier and Arnaud work with their mother Veronique to produce wines primarily from the Cote Chalonnaise (Mercurey and Montagny), but produce wines from the Cote d’Or as well (a Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Sous le Puits’, a Saint Aubin 1er Cru ‘Derriere Chez Edouard’ and a Fixin 1er Cru ‘Clos du Chapitre’ and a Grand Cru Corton.

They describe their primary work as limiting as much as possible the traditional treatment of the vine. They are not actively looking for an organic farming certification, because they believe that the subject is so vast that their work would be impeded. They prefer their own instincts to any codified system.

They are adamant that each vineyard and thus each wine is different. So their goal is to keep things simple and healthy, and let the vineyard express itself. The very notion of ‘terroir’.

Harvest is done by hand, and there is always a carful sorting of the grapes before they enter the winery.

All red wines and some of the whites are raised for 18 months. 12 in French oak and 6 ‘en masse’ (in tanks) to allow the wines to meld. The percentage of new oak is a function of the perceived richness of the wine and vintage.

They are looking for Pinot Noir that is fine and elegant. And Chardonnay that is pure and frank.

WINES

WHITE

Mercurey ‘Les Marcoeurs’

Montagny ‘Les Bassets’

Montagny ‘Les Reculerons’

Montagny 1er Cru ‘Les Burnins’

Montagny 1er Cru ‘Les Jardins’

Bourgogne Aligote

Puligny Mointrachet 1er Cru ‘Sous le Puits’

Saint Aubin 1er Cru ‘Derriere Chez Edouard’

REDS

Mercurey ‘Les Puillets’

Mercurey ‘Clos la Perriere’ Monopole

Mercurey ‘Les Monthelons’

Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise

Fixin 1er Cru ‘Clos du Chapitre’

Corton Grand Cru

Vintage

BURGUNDY 2015 VINTAGE

We have resisted writing the Elden Selections Burgundy 2015 harvest report until now (April 2017), mainly to let the hub-bub and hyperbole settle down, but more importantly to be sure that the claims we are about to make are justified. We’ve seen too many vintages vaunted as ‘the year of the century’, when really the wines simply showed well young. Burgundy 2015 is a truly extraordinary vintage. The reds are rich, ripe, balanced and powerful. And from all over the region they express chiseled, focused terroir. Despite their youthful seductive charm, these are wines to keep, with serious ripe tannins already melted into explosive fruit.

Comparisons have been drawn with the 2005 vintage, though there is more concentration in the 2015s than in the 2005s. Like a caterpillar changing to a butterfly, great vintages often go to sleep in the bottle. And 2005 is just reawakening from several ‘dumb’ years. It’s been worth the wait. The wines have metamorphosed. 2015 might be similar. And if the comparison is apt, investors in 2015 should appreciate the youthful beauty of this great vintage now, but be prepared to be patient.

That said, 2005 was no ‘year of the century’. But 2015 is also being compared to 1990, which arguably was. And I hear that Michel Lafarge, one of Burgundy’s respected elders, says he remembers drinking 1929s, and he draws parallels. The whites are a bit more uneven, and early reports claimed that the vintage lacks acidity. Certainly, these are wines which are riper and more luxuriant than the exquisite purity of 2014 white Burgundy. But there is no risk that well-made wines will be overly ample or flabby. The best wines will have benefited from the barrel. Comparisons are drawn to 1985, one of the great vintages in white.

The heterogeneity in 2015 white Burgundy is due to the tricky growing season, which was mostly hot and dry, but which cooled significantly in September. Was it better to pick early or late? And did the wine deserve more or less barrel aging? These are questions which will be answered producer-by-producer, bottle-by-bottle over the coming years. But what is clear is that they 2015s are concentrated, fresh and structured.

We believe that to understand a vintage, it is important to look at the weather. Because Burgundy is a single-grape wine, the only thing that changes from year to year in a producer’s vineyard is the weather. So we look for patterns and try to analyze what makes a good year, a bad year…and in this case, an excellent year.

The winter of 2014-2015 was uneventful. It was never really cold, but when it was, it was dry. Mostly it was mild, so we had more rain than snow. We would need the replenished water reserves in the long hot summer ahead.

April was warm and dry, and bud-burst took place early. Mornings in May were sunny, afternoons cloudy, and overall cool and dry. The vines began to flower in the last week of the month, so we knew we were looking at a harvest in early to mid-September.

In early July, the mood started to mount towards hopeful. The weather had been steady, dry and cool. But slowly during the month, temperatures began to rise, and in the last week of July hit 30C. The flowering had been successful, so there was a good crop on the vines.

Day after day of warm dry conditions brought drought considerations into play. But no hail for once! August continued in this way. Hot and dry. A little welcome rain later in the month, but just enough to keep the stress levels down. But no storms or hail. And extremely healthy fruit on the vine. No rot, no mildew, no odium. The mood was optimistic, even euphoric.

Harvest ostensibly started the first Monday of September. And days later the weather broke, and a cool period set in for ideal harvest conditions, stabilizing acidity levels. It stayed this way until September 12th when the first serious rain in two months fell in the southern part of the region. Harvest was disrupted for a few days, but the 19th, it was pretty much all over.

Appellation

MONTAGNY

COTE CHALONNAISE

At the southern end of the Côte Chalonnaise, four villages (Buxy, Montagny lès-Buxy, Jully-lès-Buxy and Saint-Vallerin), have been banded together as a single Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée since 1936. Hereabouts, as in the Côte de Nuits or at Chassagne-Montrachet, wine growing and stone quarrying amicably share the landscape. Buxy, with its 12th century fortifications, is an important heritage site and retains its independent spirit. The wine, grown only from Chardonnay grapes, breathes freshness and clarity. The monks of Cluny preferred it to any other.

Wines

Montagny produces white wines only. To the eye, these wines present the classic features of a burgundian Chardonnay: limpid, pale gold color with green highlights when young, darker gold color with age. Their aromas are acacia, mayflower, honeysuckle, bramble flowers, and sometimes violet and bracken. Of the livelier scents, lemon balm and gunflint may be added. Hazelnut, white peach and ripe pear would not be surprising, either. In the mouth, the wine is always fresh, frisky, and rich in spice Refinement and delicacy are matched to a durably structure.

Terroirs

Facing east and south-east these hillsides of Bajocien limestone are planted with vines at altitudes of 250-400 meters. Marls and marly limestones of the Jurassic lias and older trias (200 million years BC ). The gravelly lower Triassic, which surfaces at Buxy, is in contact here with the Kimmeridgian limestone that dominates in the geology of Chablis.

Color

White Wines only – Chardonnay

Production surface area

1 hectare (ha) = 2.4 acres

326.44 ha (including 201.54 ha Premier Cru)

Food

Subtle and rich in nuance, Montagny can be matched with foods of comparable balance and aromatic intensity. White meats in cream sauce suits it very well. As seafood, steamed or poached crustaceans, and noble fish are well-suited. As for cheeses, it brings out the best in goat cheeses, Beaufort, Comté, Emmental

Appellation

Premier Cru

Champ Toizeau

Chazelle

Cornevent

Creux de Beaux Champs

L'Epaule

La Condemine du Vieux Château

La Grande Pièce

La Moullière

Le Clos Chaudron

Le Cloux

Le Clouzot

Le Vieux Château

Les Bassets

Les Beaux Champs

Les Bonneveaux

Les Bordes

Les Bouchots

Les Burnins

Les Chaniots

Les Chaumelottes

Les Coères

Les Combes

Les Coudrettes

Les Craboulettes

Les Garchères

Les Gouresses

Les Jardins

Les Las

Les Macles

Les Maroques

Les Paquiers

Les Perrières

Les Pidances

Les Platières

Les Resses

Les Treuffères

Les Vignes Derrière

Les Vignes des Prés

Les Vignes longues

Mont Laurent

Montcuchot

Montorge

Saint-Ytages

Sainte-Morille

Sous les Feilles

Vigne du soleil

Vignes Couland

Vignes Saint-Pierre

Vignes sur le Cloux

Lieux Dits

Cruzille

Davenay

La Corvée

La Groule

La Pallue

La Tillonne

Le Corbeau

Le Creux de la Feuille

Le Curtil

Le May

Le May Cottin

Le May Morin

Le Reculleron

Le Reuilly

Les Beaucons

Les Betaux

Les Brus

Les Chazelles

Les Cloux

Les Corbaisons

Les Crets

Les Dazés

Les Echeliers

Les Guignottes

Les Joncs

Les Marais

Les Pendars

Les Plantats

Les Préaux

Les Prés

Les Rougereaux

Les Thilles

Les Varignys

Les Variniers

Les Vignes Sous l'Eglise

Montagny

Prés Berceaux

Sous les Roches

St Vallerin

Vignes Dessous

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