Chateau Santenay Saint-Aubin 'En Vesvau' 2015, Burgundy, France

 

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.

This wine is gold in colour with a very expressive nose. Yellow peach and apricot perfumes are supported by vanilla nuances from judicious oak ageing. The elegant palate has good concentration. Ripe fruit, well balanced oak and minerality highlight the complexity of the wine.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

ABV: 13%

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