Santenay is another one of those great value appellations that seem to be everywhere in the Cote de Beaune. Along with St. Romain, Maranges and St. Aubin, Santenay can really deliver the Burgundian goods on a budget.
In Roman times, Santenay was famous for its lithium rich spa waters. But now, while it still has the waters, wine is king here. Red is 98%of Santenay's production but if there is a white to be found, scoop it up, as it is rare and has a very unique and waxy flavor profile Red is 98% of Santenays production but if there is a white to be found, scoop it up, as it is rare and has a very unique and waxy flavor profile.
The soils in Santenay are marl-based and thus richer than the soils in the rest of the Cote d'Or, so the red wines tend to be a bit rustic. The AC Santenay wines can be very rustic while wines from one of the fourteen premier crus tend to be more like Beaune wines. Les Gravieres is one of the finest vineyards and one you will see quite often. Paul Chapelle makes the best I have ever tasted. Clos de Tavannes and Clos Rousseau are also very fine premier crus.
The wines can age very well also. But I would only age the 1er Crus.
Santenay typically can be found for between $23-$50 a bottle.
Notable recent vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991, 1985, 1980
Top producers (in no particular order) include:
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