In the village of Saint-Père, to the southeast of Vézelay in Burgundy, a revolution is taking place. This part of Burgundy has been producing wines for centuries, although much is sold off to the local cave cooperative. In 1987, Jean and Catherine Montanet created Domaine de la Cadette, (Cadette, or 'youngest child', is a nod to Catherine, whose family's vineyards also contribute to the domaine's production). Today Jean and Catherine farm thirteen hectares of vineyards, and have been farming organically since 1999. The vineyards sit deep in the Morvan, a great mountain range that runs to the west of the Côte d'Or, and enjoy a quite exceptional terroir. The soil is marl and limestone and the climate cool although their vines enjoy great sun exposure, lending a balance between generous fruit and deep mineral structure. 'L'Ermitage' is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Cesar (a noble variety indigenous to the region which adds tannin and aroma to Pinot Noir) from 25 year old vines grown on a steep slope known as 'Ermitage'. Its earthy savouriness makes this a great wine to accompany grilled lean meats.
A vibrant cherry-red in colour. Aromas of raspberries, red cherries and mulberries with a touch of sous-bois. On the palate, robust yet understated and refined with elegant tannins and a faintly spicy finish. Try with a salmon bake, butterflied leg of lamb marinated with mint, rosemary and lemon juice or duck breast in a raspberry sauce.