Domaine Georges Glantenay is the second of two well-known Glantenay estates in Volnay, the other being Bernard and Thierry Glantenay, whom I visited in July 2019.
Georges Glantenay is a sister-and-brother joint venture, with Sarah in charge of sales and brother Guillaume in charge of viticulture and winemaking.
The folks behind the wine – Sarah and Guillaume Glantenay
The 2019s – lively and vivid
The 2019s here are, as expected, vivid and lively, and as the years pass, Guillaume gets better and better at his job. He has enough experience now that he feels confident in experimenting a bit. This is good, as the wines here are both lovely and relatively affordable – for the time being.
The wines are very enjoyable, but make no mistake: They strike a fine balance between complexity and drinkability. Well done!
And so, to the range!
Domaine Georges Glantenay Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2019
The Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu is from quite old vines – 45-80 years – and this explains the lovely complexity of this regional wine. Georges Glantenay has 1.85 ha, yielding 10,000-15,000 bottles depending on the year. The lieux-dits are Les Grandes Terres, Les Monpoulain, Les Vèves, Les Petits Prés, Les Saussots, Les Lameroses and Les Taupes Maison Dieu. Vinified with seven days of cold soaking and 100% destemmed grapes, this is a forward, fruity wine. The vinification is done without sulphur, and the result is a pure, lively wine with an enjoyable, fruity mid-palate. The ’19 is quite a step up from the 2018, as the freshness and livelier acidity bring out its grace, along with notes of wild raspberries and a hint of cloudberries.
(Drink from 2021) – Good – (87p) – Tasted 01/06/2021 –
Domaine Georges Glantenay Volnay 2019
The Volnay village is an assembly of several plots: Les Aussy, Les Petits Gamets, La Gigotte, Les Buttes, Robardelles, Les Grands Poisots, En Echards and Les Combes are included. Glantenay produces two Volnay village cuvées: this, and a vieilles vignes – and there is quite a difference. The regular Volnay is showing well. Aged in 20% new oak, it is lively, fresh and delicate, coming from 20- to 60-year-old vines. Delightful juice.
(Drink from 2023) – Good – (87-88p) – Tasted 01/06/2021
Domaine Georges Glantenay Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2019
The Volnay VV is a bigger, more exuberant, and sexier wine. Yes, it’s not from the coolest of years, but it still has a silky, sensual feel. Very old vines (the oldest planted in 1932) give a sumptuous, rich mid-palate. This is a gorgeous expression of the Volnay appellation, and in the 2019 vintage is simply a treat.
(Drink from 2027) – Very Good+ – (89-91p) – Tasted 01/06/2021 –
Domaine Georges Glantenay Volnay 1er Cru Le Ronceret 2019
Volnay Ronceret is located low on the slope, below En Champans. This is a a rich and velvety wine, full of red and dark berries, including wild strawberries and cloudberries. It is perfumed, deeply scented and rich in fruit. Like the other 2019s from Glantenay, very charming, and supported by 35% new oak.
(Drink from 2030) – Fine – (91-92p) – Tasted 01/06/2021
Domaine Georges Glantenay Volnay Les Santenots 2019
Glantenay makes two Volnay Santenots – one a white village. The other is this delightful red from 60-year-old vines in Santenots-Dessus. More new oak – 45% – is used in this cuvée, helping create a delicate, mineral wine with perfumed fruit as well as peony and rose. Decadent and even sensual, I really enjoyed this wine in 2019.
(Drink from 2032) – Very Fine – (93-94p) – Tasted 01/06/2021 –
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