Clos Salomon - 2012 Montagny “Le Clou”
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Inside the bottle: Montagny is in one of the lesser-known appellations of Burgundy’s region, the Cote Chalonnaise. Montagny produces only white wine from the Chardonnay grape. Chardonnay from this area has a different expression than typical white Burgundy from the famous areas in the Cote de Beaune or the wines further south in the Maconnais. They are more savory in comparison to both. On the palate of this greenly hued and acidic wine you will find classic Chardonnay characters of toast and spice followed by subtle notes of allspice or nutmeg. This wine doesn’t carry the sun ripe aromas found in Burgundies to the north and south but are laced with flowers, acacia honey, herbs, soft white fruits and notes of almond or hazelnut.
Terroir: There is a range of elevation within Montagny that starts around 250 meters above sea level and goes all the way up to 400 meters. The vineyard “Le Clou” is at the southern end of the appellation and sits around 325 to 375 meters. The advantage of the higher elevation, keeps the freshness and acidity intact and the potential alcohol low. The soils are also reasonably deep with red and brown clay, which helps to retain water in warmer years, as irrigation is illegal in France. The red soil is loaded with iron and gives the grapes a solid core of power. The backbone of this vineyard site as well as all of Burgundy is the limestone content. The limestone here is called Bajocian or “crinoidal” limestone, which comes from ancient sea animals that looked a lot like sea lilies. This limestone can also be found in some of the greatest vineyards within Burgundy.