This week’s In Vino Veritas tasting featured a selection of the 2007 vintage from Vincent Geantet, owner and winemaker of Domaine Geantet-Pansiot. Vincent was accompanied by Alphonse Mellot, friend and well-known Sancerre producer of artisan wines. Alphonse is a long-time Burgundy lover, so he helped animate our way through this vinous journey.
Domaine Geantet-Pansiot was founded in 1955 by Vincent’s dad, Edmond Geantet. Vincent joined the domaine in 1977 and by 1989 he took over the operations. The estate is located in Gevrey-Chambertin, a village famous for red wine production within the Côte de Nuits of Bourgogne. The estate currently manages 12 hectares of Charmes-Chambertin grand cru, Gevrey-Chambertin (including 1er cru), Chambolle-Musigny (including 1er cru), Marsannay, and Brochon.
Geantet organically farms all of his vines, using no pesticides. Touching on some technical aspects of the vineyards, 80% of the vines are managed with the Guyot trellis system. Guyot is a common choice for low-yielding vines and the system is set up so as to maximize the energy to the canopy and the berries. Upon the completion of the harvest, a single, vertically-grown cane is trained horizontally along the trellis. All left-over canes are pruned. The remaining 20% of the vines are trellised using the Cordon Royat system. Cordon Royat is a unilateral spur trained system, which provides for flexibility in controlling the vine height and the canopy placement.
Once in the winery, all of the grapes at Domaine Geantet-Pansiot are vinified and aged in the same manner. The difference truly comes from the terroir. After the manual harvest the must goes through a cold maceration at 10 degrees for around 8 days. Then using native yeasts, the fermentation begins and is controlled at a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius. The wine is then transferred to oak barrels where the lees will be stirred once a week until the malolactic fermentation kicks in. The wine is aged in barrel for a total of 13 months. 30% of the barrels are new oak, followed by 30% one-year old oak and 40% two-year old oak. The wine undergoes no fining or filtration before bottling.
Here’s a peak at our 2007 horizontal tasting …
2007 Bourgogne “Les Bon Batons” Rouge
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. A fresh, sweet nose of jammy, red fruits, minerals, and cherry. Medium-bodied in the mouth, with moderate tannins, good acidity, light spice and flavors of sour cherries and under ripe plums.
Price: 16€72 @ wine-searcher.com
2007 Marsannay “Les Champs-Perdrix”
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. More complexity on the nose, showing red fruits, minerality, and a mild richness. A smooth, silky texture in the mouth with balanced acidity, medium tannins and a medium to full body. Lightly savory flavors along with black cherry, blackberry, and subtle dark chocolate.
Price: 26€00 @ wine-searcher.com
Tasting Notes: Violet in the glass. A subtle mintyness on the nose with notes of dried herbs, minerality, and raspberry confiture. A silky texture in the mouth with medium tannins and body, and a balanced acidity. There are flavors of sour cherries and dark chocolate.
Price: 34€28 @ wine-searcher.com
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes”
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. Fresh red fruits and spiciness on the nose. In the mouth this wine has a supple roundness, good acidity, a mild bitterness and medium tannins, accompanied by flavors of bright red fruits and cherries.
Price: 25€53 @ wine-searcher.com
2007 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Le Poissenot”
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. Good complexity on the nose with an herbal minty freshness mixed in with black and red fruits. This wine is medium-bodied, expressing a silky texture, balanced acidity and a jammy richness, with flavors of black cherries and cassis.
Price: 48€49 @ wine-searcher.com
2007 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. Bright black fruits, good complexity and a pronounced minerality on the nose. The mouth feel is silky smooth with well-integrated tannins, a medium body and precision balance. There are flavors of cherries and black berries.
Price: 69€40 @ wine-searcher.com