1605 SAN PABLO AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94702   |   510.524.1524

KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Bourgogne Rouge “Garance”
Pinot Noir Planted mid-90s, early 2000s Clay, Limestone 2 ha
Bourgogne Vézelay “Le Galerne”
Chardonnay Planted mid-90s, early 2000s Clay, Limestone 6 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• All grapes are harvested by hand and undergo natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts
• No fining

Bourgogne Vézelay “Le Galerne”:
• Vinification and élevage entirely in stainless steel
• Fermentation can last up to one month

Bourgogne Rouge “Garance”:
• Whole-cluster vinification in temperature-controlled open wood vats
• The cap is punched down during the first phase of vinification; once the fermentation is under way the wine is pumped over
• Fermentation lasts about 2 weeks in tank and then finishes in tonneaux
• Elevage 80% in barrique, 20% in feuillette; no new wood

MISCELLANEA

Le Galerne:
“Galerne” is the name of a wind that sweeps down from the northwest across the vineyards of Vézelay, helping the grapes stay dry, cool, and healthy.

Garance:
This cuvée appeared at the same time that Catherine Montanet’s niece Garance was born, so the wine was named after the little girl. But it is not a mere coincidence that the name chosen for this red wine is also a plant, known as “dyer’s madder” in English, whose roots were traditionally used to produce a red clothing dye.

General Information

Country
France
Region
Burgundy
Appellation(s)
Bourgogne Vézelay, Bourgogne
Producer
Catherine & Valentin Montanet
Founded
2000
Annual Production
3,250 cases
Farming
Organic

Gallery