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Clos de la Chaise Dieu Monopole

Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

Château de Santenay

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.

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The property has 98 hectares of vineyards, 72 of which are in Mercurey. The well draining soils are composed of limestone, light clay and sandy, with limestone subsoils allowing the vines to develop deep roots and keep cool during the summer. These conditions are ideal for high quality white wine production.

Vintage information

The growing season in 2012 was a challenging one and yields were 20% down. 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 high, characterised by a very nice ripeness and great balance.


Most of the fruit was hand harvested. On arrival at the winery, the grapes underwent modern pneumatic pressing and underwent temperature controlled fermentation at 20-22°C. The wine was aged on its lees (30% in oak barrels and 70% in oak casks) before being bottled in October 2013.

Tasting Notes

Bright, pale gold. The nose is bursting with notes of fresh fruit, white peach and citrus with a delicate touch of fresh hazelnut. The palate is lively, full, and balanced. Long and refreshing, this is a superb Burgundy.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Gerard Fagnoni
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.71g/l
Residual Sugar 0.4g/l
Wine pH 3.16