This magnificent property, which dates back to the 9th century, is also known as Château Philippe le Hardi, as it was once owned by the first Duc of Burgundy...
Philippe le Hardi is famous as the person who banned the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d’Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes. Despite its long history, the property had fallen on hard times until it was taken over by the French bank Crédit Agricole in recent years. They have invested heavily, bringing in a new team to support the general manager, Gérard Fagnoni, and putting the emphasis on quality. The property has 98 hectares of vineyard, 72 of which are in Mercurey. These are remarkably well made and good value wines from the Côte d‘Or and Côte Chalonnaise.
Château de Santenay owns 25 hectares of vineyards in the Côte d‘Or, including two hectares in Beaune. The soils here are free-draining with a mixture of clay and sand, and a subsoil which has a high limestone content. This forces the roots of the vine to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a high concentration of flavour within the fruit.
The growing season in 2012 was a challenging one and yields were down by 20%. Winter was mild and this was followed by a frosty and wet spring, threatening the vines with mildew and causing a very late and long flowering period. Thankfully a hot summer ensued allowing the berries to ripen fully, with harvest starting in mid September. Though yields and berries were small, the quality of the vintage was excellent, characterized by a very nice ripeness and great balance.
In 2012, most of the fruit from their vineyards was hand harvested. On arrival at the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for 7 days at 8°C to extract colour and flavour from the skins. Temperature controlled fermentation lasted 12 to 14 days with daily pumping over, finishing with a rack and return, or ‘délestage‘, to impart the grainy tannins that give the wines a lovely structure and length. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 13 months, of which 20% were new, before being bottled in December 2013.
Beautiful dense, dark garnet. This is an extremely appealing wine which is powerful and aromatic. Forward and scented with excellent depth, a good flavour intensity and a supple structure. Flavours of dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry mingle with delicate nuances of oak including vanilla, mocha and cloves.
100% Pinot Noir
|Region||Côte de Beaune, Burgundy|
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