Santenay 1er cru "Les Gravières" Rouge

45 years old

The grapes come from the "Les Gravières” Premier Cru plot in the village of Santenay in the south of the Côte de Beaune. "Les Gravières” vineyard is the best premier cru one in Santenay. Soil : clay and limestone. Marly soil. Strong slope. 100% pinot noir. Guyot pruning with different yearly works in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches).

Harvest-picking by hand. The grapes are sorted twice (when picking the grapes and on the sorting table) then partially de-stemmed. (when needed, depending the quality of the berries a third sort is done with our optical machine), and put in stainless still thermo-regulated tanks. The alcoholic fermentation can begin with natural yeasts from the grape berries during around 3 weeks. Pumping-over (the must) very soft in order to be very careful about the substance and order to get the purest and most representative wine we can have. Soft pressing

The wine is put into the cask further to a soft settling of the juice in French oak (20% for new oak). The malolactic fermentation can begin then with natural anaerobic bacterium from the juice. The ageing lasts 14 months on fine lees. We follow the lunar calendar ("fruit day”)for the bottling without fining and filtering.

The Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières is well-built and develop a floral bouquet. The mouth is often very large with bold tannins. This wine reminds us the Grands Crus from the Côte de Nuits.

Red meats, game or various cheeses.
Santenay 1er cru "Les Gravières" Rouge
Santenay 1er cru "Les Gravières" Rouge

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