Valentin Montenay is based in western Bourgogne’s Vézelay, where he is caretaker of his parents’ 22ha of organically farmed vineyards. In 2016, Valentin began a négociant business, creating the La Soeur Cadette range. All the wines are native ferment, with full MLF, no chaptalization, fermentation in stainless, light filtration at bottling, and minimal sulphur throughout. In the winery, he works with the lunar calendar.
Valentin sources the grapes for this red Burgundy in the Côtes d’Auxerre appellation, just west of Chablis near Saint-Bris and Irancy. Thus the style is more similar to Valentin’s other wines from Vézelay than those of the Côte d’Or farther south. Slightly lighter in color and body, it joins a family of reds from this area of northern Burgundy for which progressively warmer average temperatures have been a blessing. This classic bistro red with great thirst-quenching versatility (a Beaujolais-like aspect of its personality) makes for fine young drinking.