Domaine Jean-Francois Protheau
2009 "Les Carlins" Montagny Burgundy
La Reine Blanche
White Burgundy is thrilling to find, wonderful to experience, and sublime to remember. This ‘09 White Burgundy from the chalky soils of Montagny is a delightful example of barrel-fermented 100% Chardonnay. Barrel fermentation and “battonage” sur lie aging began in this region, allowing a subtle richness to come forward in the wine. Elegance and refinement are hallmarks of this cool growing region and of the house of Jean-Francois Protheau, established in 1720.
Firstly, a beautiful pale, clear color is lovely to behold. The wine derives minerality from the limestone soils of the area and is quite complex with wonderful zip. This wine is best served slightly chilled, not too cold.
Medium yellow tint throughout, with full round tears that coat the glass and slowly drip downward after a swirl.
A lovely, bright nose of citrus and lemon pelargonium blossom. Pear and green apple come forward as the wine warms.
This White Burgundy evokes luscious ripe apricot, vanilla, and subtle oak.
The Chardonnay leaves the palette with excellent length and density. A unique dryness maintains a solid core from the first taste to the finish.