Saint-Aubin sits between two of Burgundy’s most famed villages, Chassagne Montrachet and and Puligny Montrachet. I’ts a region that not only offers exceptional quality but can offer good value for money. This is a great rounded, elegant wine perfect for any Burgundy lover.
Saint-Aubin ‘En Vesveau’, Côte du Beaune, 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.
Château de Santenay owns 25 hectares of vineyards in the Côte d’Or, including four hectares in Saint-Aubin ‘En Vesvau’. 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 winemaking at Château de Santenay is simple and traditional. After crushing in a pneumatic press, the must was settled for 12 hours then fermented in oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees and spent 15 months in oak, of which 20% was new, before being bottled in January.
Notes of yellow peach, apricot and citrus fruits are supported by vanilla nuances from judicious oak ageing. The elegant palate has good concentration and medium body. Ripe fruit, well-balanced oak and bright acidity highlight the complexity of the wine.