Domaine Georges Glantenay

Volnay, Burgundy, France

Brother and sister Guillaume and Sarah Glantenay are the sixth generation of their family to run this domaine, which they took over from their father, Pierre, in 2013. Pierre still works the estate's eight hectares of vineyard, four of which are in Volnay, while Guillaume runs the new cuverie and Sarah looks after the sales and marketing of the domaine. For those who remember the wines from Pierre's time, Guillaume has brought a greater elegance to the wines, and a lovely purity of fruit. He uses about 15 to 20% whole-bunch to lift the perfumes and low toast oak to support, rather than mask, these aromas.

The Bourgogne Pinot Noir, fermented and aged solely in stainless steel, is aromatic and supple. His Pommard is attractively perfumed with soft tannins, good length and nicely restrained oak, with only 20% of the blend seeing new oak. His Volnay 1er Cru 'Les Santenots', from a chalky vineyard on the border with Meursault, is a step up again. This wine, 40% of which was aged in new oak, is beautifully scented, with hints of rose petals on the nose and plentiful tannins on the palate that are nicely balanced by the sweet fruit. The Santenots vineyard continues into Meursault, where Glantenay has a small patch of vines. His Meursault 'Les Santenots' is clean on the nose with a hint of fragrant white flowers and citrus fruit, good weight on the palate, with nice acidity and beautifully balanced oak on the finish. Guillaume's grandfather married a woman from Chambolle, so the domaine has long had vineyards in this village, which have been rented out. Guillaume took back some of these vineyards in 2013, and now produces an excellent Chambolle-Musigny. It has lifted perfumes of red fruit and rose petals, expressive fruit intensity on the mid-palate, supple tannins and excellent length. New to our list is Guillaume’s Volnay 2017, which is made using fruit from eight different parcels, including ‘Les Combes’ and ‘Les Aussy’, which are located on Volnay’s Premier Cru border. The wine has delicate flavours of violets and blackcurrants, coupled with subtle toast and sweet spice from the 15 months it spent in 20% new French oak. Guillaume Glantenay is certainly one of Burgundy’s most exciting winemakers and we are delighted to represent his wines.

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