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What makes

pack?

The

the wines of Godmé stand out commitment of the family is

from the first and

foremost. Sabine and vineyard and on the dedication in the sales

Hugues are tireless workers in the road. It is rare to find such and marketing department backed

up

by

a

quality

product,

but

Godmé

does

it.

I

still

recall

the first domaine devotion

time I met Sabine and she invited me to the for a tasting her positive personality and to the family business were addictive, but there

was no way that the presentation, I thought. only talks the talk but

wines I was walks

could measure up to wrong. Turns out she the walk, and I found

her not the

range to be stunning and library releases.

across

the

board,

including

both

new

Godmé’s Millésime –

As Sabine gathers new fans for the brand, Hugues works his magic in the vineyard and winery. They work the vineyards as naturally as possible, keeping an eye on tradition at the same time they allow the winery a modern

Godmé is always interested in “what they can do next” in

winemaking. balanced but relying upon

They strive for a wine that is not only is intrinsically sweet and fruity without dosage, so expression of the grapes is

bent.

The

vineyards

are

insecticides have been used

and

they

are

a

part

of

the

all treated organically (no since the turn of the century) growing movement towards

emphasized. The depending on the also used at times,

wines are aged in both steel and oak cuvée, and malolactic fermentation is depending on grape variety, wine, and

(reasoned farming practices). Godmé was also one of the first producers (big or small) to move towards ISO certification in order to establish a repeatable and traceable quality and improvement system with their wines.

vintage

or

blend.

It

is

this

inherent

flexibility

that

I

think

contributes to the success of their Sabine aren’t afraid to try something can learn from it.

wines; new as

Hugues

and

long as

they

In terms of new releases from Godmé, you should be on the lookout for an upcoming series of single-vineyard wines. Godmé has access to a few very special vineyards, and they are finally getting ready to share them with the consumer. Verzenay, Villers-Marmery, and Ville- Dommange all are sites where Godmé already excels, and

soon,

these

vineyards

will

have

their

own

specially-

labeled

Godmé

wines.

The

first

wine

in

this

series

is

from

their

favorite

vineyard,

Les

Alouettes

Saint

Bets,

and

it

will be a Blanc de Blancs hailing set to debut with the 2004 vintage.

from

Villers-Marmery,

My favorite thing about Godmé is that the wines are still reasonably priced, and back vintages are available upon request (get your hands on some 1995 if you can!). Certainly other wine labels currently demand more attention than Godmé, but I don’t think this will last forever. As more and more wine lovers discover these wines, demand is bound to go up. Godmé’s range isn’t the easiest to find, but with some searching you can probably track down what you are looking for. Right now is actually the perfect time to do this, before a wider audience is clued into just how good these wines are and how awesome they will become.

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