- RegionCôte de Beaune
- Grape varietyChardonnay
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilMarl and limestone
- Average yield45 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential3-5 years
- Serving temperature 11-13°
- This wine comes from the village of Santenay, which is the most Southerly of the villages in Côte de Beaune and famous for its spa. The Santenay Blanc represents only 5% of the appellation of Santenay and is considered quite rare.
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in stainless steel vats, temperature controlled with complete malolactic fermentation
- Ageing8 to 10 months ageing in stainless steel vats
- Tasting NotePale yellow in colour, the white Santenay 2012 is powerful on the nose with aromas of fresh almond, acacia and butter. In the mouth, it is generous and fresh with a nice minerality.
- Food PairingShellfish - fish - goats cheese
- Santenay 2012 - Wine Spectator - July 2015 - 90/100
- Santenay blanc 2014 - Wine Spectator - Web Only 2016 - 88/100
Sporting lemon and apple flavors accented by butterscotch, this beefy white is open, giving immediate impact and moderate length. Drink now. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Santenay 2012 - Wine Spectator - July 2015 - 90/100White flowers and lime blossom aromas lead off, with flavors of apple and citrus. Reveals a nice interplay between the vibrant acidity and rich texture, finishing long. Drink now through 2020. 450 cases made. - B.S.
- Santenay Blanc 2011 - Wine Spectator - August 2014 - 89/100Creamy and harmonious, with apple, peach, white flower and lemon cake flavors. Finishes with freshness and a hint of mineral. Drink now through 2018. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Santenay 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 89/100Broad and lush, full of apple and grapefruit flavors. This is on the burly side, but ends with length and echoes of apple and honey. Best from 2014 through 2020. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Santenay Blanc 2003 - Vintages - April 2006 - "Quite delicious"Fairly strong vanilla and toast frames exuberant and impressively fresh orchard fruit aromas and rich, round, sweet and forward flavors that offer excellent volumeand no rusticity. This is easy to like and is quite delicious if not particularly elegant or complex.
- Santenay Blanc 2003 - Burghound.com - October 2005 - 86 points Fairly strong vanilla and toast frames exuberant and impressively fresh orchard fruit aromas and rich, round, sweet and forward flavors that offer excellent volume and no rusticity. This is easy to like and is quite delicious if not particularly elegant or complex. 86/now
- Santenay Blanc 2003 - 2003's Wine Advocate - Issue 158 - 87-88 Points Spicy pears and toasty minerals make up that aromatic profile of this white wine. This is a light to medium-bodied wine with good richness, breadth, and depth. Its sappy mineral flavours linger in the finish. Drink it over the next 2 - 3 years.
- 2003 Santenay - 2003's Wine Advocate Ratings - Issue 158 - 87-88 PointsSpicy pears and toasty minerals make up tha aromatic profile of this white wine. This is a light to medium-bodied wine with good richness, breadth, and depth. Its sappy mineral flavours linger in the finish. Drink it over the next 2 - 3 years.
- Santenay Blanc 2002 - La Revue du Vin de France - February 2006 - "A very refreshing wine"Strawy robe, pale emerald hue. Floral bouquet, honeysuckle, aniseed hints. Lively palate, slightly lemony, citrus notes, with a tonic and firm balance. A very refreshing wine. Easy to drink as of today.
- Santenay Blanc 1996 - The Times - Decembre 1997 - "Full, ripe, fruity"[...] try this full, ripe, waxy, apple and glacé-fruit stached white, with plenty of Santenay's classic nutty fruit to the fore. [...]