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Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of 2015 Côte de Beaune reds (see blue links below)...
Domaine Antoine Olivier Santenay Les Charmes 2015 - December 2017 Decanter review
Domaine Antoine Olivier Santenay Les Charmes 2015 - Decanter review - individual reviewer comments
... and awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).
Domaine Antoine Olivier Santenay Les Charmes 2015 - January 2018 Decanter review
For our feature/blog on the December review and the 2015 vintage, click here.
Domaine Antoine Olivier was founded at the end of the 1960s, from a few vineyards left by Antoine Chevalier Moreau to his grandson, Hervé Olivier. Hervé began extending the estate by purchasing historic, old vineyards across Santenay, some of which had not been used for a century, paying particular attention to famous white wine vineyards. The quality of these soils is now recognised in a series of brilliant wines, in particular the exceptional white Santenay, something of a rarity in what is predominantly a red wine growing area. Today, Hervé’s grandson Antoine Olivier and his sister Rachel manage the estate. They are dedicated growers and follow certified organic practices in the vineyard. Their philosophy is to combine modernity with respect for the Burgundian soils and their stunning collection of white Santenay wines really showcases this.
The warm 2015 vintage saw excellent conditions throughout the growing cycle and resulted in healthy fruit with very good maturity levels and flavour concentration. “2015 is one of the best vintages since 2009, resulting in rich, delicate and elegant wines”, confirms Antoine.
Santenay is a village located at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, south of Chassagne-Montrachet. The vineyard of Les Charmes is situated at the foothill in Santenay, with a clayey limestone soil, which is rich in iron, on a limestone base. The 0.3 hectares of vineyard are planted with very fine clones of Pinot Noir vines, which produce rich and powerful wines. The vineyard is managed with respect for the unique attributes of each site’s terroir and is farmed sustainably and organically, although it is not certified. Some biodynamic philosophies are also followed. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully sorted prior to vinification.
Traditional Burgundian vinification took place with minimal intervention. The grapes were vinified as whole clusters. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts and without any pigeage or punching down of the cap. The wine was 100% barrel-aged for 12 months, in a combination of oak barrels. One third was aged in new oak, one third in second-passage oak and one third in third-passage oak. The wine then rested for a further six months in tank, prior to being bottled, without fining or filtration.
Les Charmes shows generous aromas of cherries and raspberries, with subtle hints of violets. Smooth and complex on the palate with round tannins and a long finish.
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