Beyond anything else, the wines of this historic domaine bear the imprint of the vineyard, with a distinct emphasis on purity and transparency. From enviable 1er and grand cru holdings in Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet, vigneron François Lequin lets each site speak in the clearest possible voice, preferring to take “a small hand” in the cellar. The farming is certified organic and François is constantly exploring new ways to allow soil and vine to express themselves.
A blend of three plots in Santenay, this old-vines pinot noir over-delivers in every way. To the east of the commune is “Champs Claude” with vines 70+ years old; closer to Chassagne is “Les Hates” with vines 50-55 years old; and “Clos Genet” where the vines are 40-45 years old. François believes that “Les Hates” brings structure and the other two sites bring finesse and fruitiness. The wine is fermented by native yeasts in neutral barrique, with 20% new barrels. Elevage continues for a 12 month period, under the same barrel program, followed by an additional 3 months in stainless steel before bottling.
Fruity palate marked by cherries and small berries, the balance is based on fruit and suppleness.Recommended serving temperature: 16 – 18°C
This AOP Santenay red wine goes wonderfully well with dishes such as pork, veal, turkey and cheese. It goes perfectly with turkey stuffed with mushrooms or veal entrecôte.