Valentin Montanet is the son of Jean Montanet of Domaine de la Cadette, a long-time staple of the Kermit Lynch portfolio. In 2000 his mother, Catherine, and associate Tom Thoden started Domaine Montanet-Thoden, with vineyards inherited from Catherine's family. After finishing high school, he left his home to studying and work abroad. In 2010 he returned to Vézelay with his mother to take the helm at Domaine Montanet-Thoden. He continues to craft wines according to the natural, traditional approaches established by his mother. The higher proportion of clay in the Montanet-Thoden vineyards gives wines with a bit more structure than those of La Cadette; they are fresh and succulent.
Pinot Noir grapes are whole-cluster fermented in temperature-controlled open wood vats. The cap is punched down during the first phase of vinification; once the fermentation is under way the wine is pumped over. Fermentation lasts about 2 weeks in tank and then finishes in tonneaux. Elevage 80% in barrique, 20% in feuillette; no new wood.