Andrew Guard

2015 Volnay, Thierry Glantenay

The Volnay AC chez Glantenay also includes two very small parcels of premier crus in the blend. The wine has turned out very nicely in 2015, with a very 1990-like personality in its aromatic mix of black cherries, plums, chocolate, a touch of gamebird and a top note of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and quite velvety on the attack, with a sappy core of fruit, good soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, moderately tannic finish that closes with a lovely note of chocolate. A fine villages. 2019-2040+. 89+John Gilman, A View from the Cellar

Thierry Glantenay has taken over at his family domaine and is now producing exquisite, ethereal Volnay from it’s best terroirs and full, powerful Pommard from it’s best terroirs, in fact the Glantenay’s posses most of the great red terroirs from the Côte de Beaune.

They prune hard to take 35 to 40hl/ha at most, and the low yield combined with vine age gives Volnay wines with extra depth and Pommards with extra dimension to join the structure. Thierry works in lutte raisonnee, i.e. sustainable agriculture. The grapes are hand picked, undergo natural fermentation, either de-stemmed or with whole clusters in some wines, and a little pigeage at the start, and no pumping. 

Thierry is a meticulous and talented winemaker who uses no more than twenty five percent new oak for any of his wines, allowing for a beautiful synthesis of pure fruit, delicate framing and a beautifully transcribed expression of terroir in each and every wine. There is a refined elegance and perfumed precision to the Glantenay wines which, to me, are amongst the most exciting to taste in the Cote d'Or.